Tashi and the Monk

"...a lovely reminder that while there is a lot of darkness in the world, there are also beautiful shining points of light." Mountainfilm

Emmy Award winning film (Outstanding Short Documentary 2016) and Grierson Nominated Best Newcomer, made in collaboration with Andrew Hinton, supported by Worldview and Catapult Film Fund. Broadcast on HBO. The film won more than 30 awards at international festivals around the world.

On a remote mountaintop a brave social experiment is taking place. Former Buddhist monk Lobsang trained under the guidance of the Dalai Lama but 8 years ago left life as a spiritual teacher in the United States to create a unique community in the Himalayas which rescues orphaned children.

5 year-old Tashi is the newest arrival. Her mother recently died and she’s been abandoned by her alcoholic father. Wild and troubled, Tashi is struggling to find her place amongst 84 new siblings. Can the community’s love and compassion transform Tashi’s alienation into a capacity to make her first real friend?


Emmy Outstanding Short Documentary, 2016; International Documentary Association 2014 – Best Short Award, Pare Lorentz Award; Grierson Nomination, Best Newcomer, 2015; Telluride Mountainfilm 2014 – Indomitable Spirit Award, Moving Mountains Award; Banff Mountain Film Festival 2014 – Best Mountain Culture Film; Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival 2015- Best Mountain Culture Film; Documentary Edge Festival, New Zealand 2015 – Best International Short; Prescott Film Festival, USA 2015- Best Short Documentary; Festival Du Film Des Diablerets, Switzerland 2015 – Special Jury Award; Spotkania Zakopane Film Festival - Prize of the Mayor of Zakopane Best film; Kathmandu International Film Festival - Best Film, 2015.