Pema Tseden

Pema Tseden

Pema Tseden is a Tibetan director and writer. Born in 1969, he started his carrier by doing several short films, before directing in 2005 his first feature The Silent Holy Stones, the first film in Tibetan shot in Tibet with a Tibetan cast and crew. His films The Search (2008), Old Dog (2010), The Sacred Arrow (2014) and Tharlo (2015) have been shown in major international film festivals where they won many prizes. Retrospectives of his films and academic conferences on his works have been organized in France, Unites States, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. He also directed documentaries.

As a writer, Pema Tseden writes both in Tibetan and in Chinese. His books have been translated into English, French, German, Czech, and many other languages. Collections of his short stories translated and published include Neige (in France) and The Search (in Japan).

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  • Jinpa

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Jinpa, Genden Phuntsok, Sonam Wangmo • 2019 • 87 minutes

    This is a story of revenge and redemption.

    On an isolated road passing through the vast barren plains of Tibet, a truck driver who has accidentally run over a sheep chances upon a young man who is hi...

  • The Search

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Zong Zhi, Manla Jiepu, Dobe Dorje, Drolma Gyab, Lumo Tso • 2013 • 105 minutes

    A director, his assistant, and a businessman drive through the Amdo region of Tibet, scouring small villages to find actors for their adaptation of the namthar of Drime Kunden, an...

  • Tharlo

    Directed by Pema Tseden • Drama • With Jinpa, Shide Nyima, Tsemdo Thar • 2015 • 123 minutes

    'Renowned Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden returns with his profoundly moving new feature [adapted from his own novella] about a Tibetan shepherd named Tharlo. Visiting a Tibetan town in Qinghai province to ...