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The Karma of Chicken Curry

Tibetan Masala Films and Youth Narratives of Exile

Mara Matta    La Sapienza Università di Roma, Italia    

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abstract

This essay offers a preliminary study of the cultural translation practices by young Tibetan exilic filmmakers in India, whose films, rather than rejecting the masala formula offered by Bollywood, have tentatively adapted it to the expectations of a Tibetan diasporic audience looking for a cinema capable of attending to the escapist needs of their minds while simultaneously catering to the intimate dreams of their hearts. I contend that Tashi Wangchuk and Tsultrim Dorjee’s first long feature Phun Anu Thanu (Two Exiled Brothers, 2006) is as an original film that presents a new offer on the menu of Tibetan diasporic films, a kind of spicy curry that has been advocated as a timely necessity and a yet-to-be-fulfilled desire.

Published
June 25, 2018
Accepted
Feb. 11, 2018
Submitted
Jan. 16, 2018
Language
EN

Keywords: Exilic filmmakingCultural identityHybridityHindi cinemaTibetan diaspora

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