Buddha of the Chadar

Wanaka Time
Wanaka Session
Session 2
Queenstown Time
Queenstown Session

28 mins, Director Sean Whitaker, UK, Subtitles, NZ Premiere.

A father and son from Ladakh in north India embark on a winter pilgrimage along an ancient way to deliver a heavy and unwieldy Buddha statue to a remote mountain monastery. They follow a route called the Chadar along the frozen surface of the River Zanskar, winding through its deep shadowy gorges. The film is a celebration of the Chadar and an affirmation of the Buddhist faith, as well as an historical record of this ancient way, now under threat from regional road-building schemes. The dialogue is entirely in Ladakhi, with English subtitles.