Daughters of Wisdom


Part of our “Buddhist Wisdom” program.

Director: Bari Pearlman
Country: U.S. (2007)
Language: English
Running Time: 68 minutes
Screening: Friday, March 28, 2009, 5:30 p.m.

Bari Pearlman’s film is an intimate portrait of the 300 nuns of the Kala Rongo Buddhist Monastery in Nangchen, in remote northeastern Tibet north of the Himalayas. Here, they receive an unprecedented education and religious training in a culture in which women’s subservient roles are traditionally confined to the domestic sphere of home and family. This is the moving story of a unique and vibrant spiritual community and the remarkable women who created and continue to sustain it.

Daughters of Wisdom was the winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 2008 Trento Film Festival and the Audience Award Best Documentary at the 2007 Brooklyn International Film Festival.

See a preview of Daughters of Wisdom.