Liesl Clark’s Documentary of the lost treasures of Tibet
“Secrets of Shangri-La”. Join us in watching the debut of Liesl Clark’s film documenting the race to save the surviving sacred masterpieces of an ancient Buddhist kingdom. Mustang (moo-stahn), one of the last outposts of Tibetan culture, was so isolated and protected, no Westerner set foot inside its borders for centuries. Travel to this remote part of the world for a remarkably rare look at spectacular art and the daunting mission to preserve these treasures. This National Geographic documentary will be preceeded by the film “The Lost Cave Temples”, narrated by the film maker Leisl Clark and telling the story of the original discovery. A fascinating evening for history buffs!
Watch the trailer at: http://www.youtube.come/watch?v=irlyjbt6wvs
Liesl Clark is formerly of Hamilton, MA. She presented an earlier documentary to a standing room only audience at the library in the spring of 2003.
For more about this wonderful treasure, the gal and the discoveries she brings to light in these wonderful documentaries, read on…
Gretel and Peter Clark are spreading the word about their daughter’s work and hoping people will have the opportunity to view this extraordinary film footage. For those who wish further details, I am including her invitation:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
This coming Wednesday, November 18, PBS will be airing two of our daughter, Liesl’s documentaries. The first, Secrets of Shangri-La, to be aired from 8-9:00, is sponsored by National Geographic, and is their only film to be shown on PBS this year. The second, Lost Cave Temples (narrated by Liesl, herself) showing from 9-10:00 is also one of her films for Nat’l Geographic, but sponsored by PBS.
For people living in the Boston area, WGBH has chosen to air these documentaries on Saturday, from 8-10 and on their digital channel, WGBH World at 44.2 on your dial. Unless you have that enhancement on your TV, or have a digital TV. you would have to be up in the wee hours of the am. the nights of Nov. 19, 20,23 and 24.to see these films on Channel 2 or 44.
So, for the local community, the Hamilton-Wenham Library will be showing the two films this coming Wednesday, using Liesl’s DVDs (the only two currently available, until they go on the market early December) of the productions that will be airing at the same time everywhere else in the country, but on PBS.
So that you will know what is in store, I am copying a Nat’l Geographic promo statement for the first film, and sending you a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRLyJbt6wvs to a short preview of the actual footage: Peter Athans is Liesl’s husband. (Read the caption below before clicking on the link above.)
Since the fifth century, when a Chinese poet wrote of a hidden utopia for faithful Buddhists, people have fantasized about those magical places where people live long lives in health and harmony and adventurers have sought to find them.
In 2007 Peter Athans, renowned mountaineer and veteran of seven Mount Everest summits, joined forces with fellow climber Broughton Coburn to explore a series of caves in the remote Himalayan kingdom of Mustang, an area that had previously been off-limits to outsiders. In a subterranean chamber, 14,000 feet up, they found a gigantic 55-panel mural from the 13th century depicting important Buddhist sages and 11th century Tibetan manuscripts, suggesting a gathering place for a large religious community perhaps the sort of meditative, self-sufficient community that inspired the myth of Shangri-la.
Athans and Coburn returned in 2008 with a multidisciplinary team to properly document, study, and begin to preserve the treasures. Join us as Athans shares images, stories and video from this remarkable Tibetan site that is shedding light on the spread of Buddhism through the Himalaya.Ironically, PBS is showing the films backwards. The second film, “Lost Cave Temples,” tells the story of the early explorations that led to “Secrets of Shangri-La” (the film you will see first) where they bring experts to evaluate their finds
If you live in the area, I hope to see you this coming Wednesday at the Hamilton Wenham library where you can see the films in their proper order. Otherwise, check your PBS listings.
Not that I am biased, but you are in for a treat.