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First-ever Tibetan Language Movie to Have Sequels

Award-winning Tibetan director Wanmacaidan said he was going to add two sequels to his first-ever Tibetan language feature film, making it a trilogy of two Lamas.

The 102-minute movie Silent Holy Stone written and directed by the 36-year-old director won for him the Maiden Direction award at the 25th Golden Rooster awards, dubbed as "China's Oscars," in November. It tells a story about a little Lama and an old Lama in a changing society.

As the movie draws to its end, the little Lama said he would escort the old Lama on a pilgrimage to Lhasa, capital of Tibet Autonomous Region in southwest China, which provides a plot for the story to continue.

The director said the story of the journey would be told in the second sequel while the story in Lhasa in the third.

"Silent Holy Stone", the first Tibetan language movie in China, also won awards in Busan International Film Festival and Vancouver International Film Festival.

It was originally a student DV clip Wanmacaidan made when he was studying the art of film direction at Beijing Film Academy. It had reaped a couple of short-film awards before being made into a full-length feature.
(Xinhua News Agency December 13, 2005)

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