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Project of the Day: Utah Mormon Saves Tibetan Buddhism

Project of the Day: Utah Mormon Saves Tibetan Buddhism

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“Digital Dharma”

Tweetable Logline:

Amid political turmoil, pacifist E. Gene Smith, a Mormon from Utah, triggers an international movement to save Tibetan Buddhism.

Elevator Pitch:

Digital Dharma is the story of E. Gene Smith, the man who saved Tibetan Buddhism. This feature-length documentary uncovers Smith’s 50-year journey with renowned scholars, lamas and laypeople as they struggle to find, preserve and digitize more than 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text.

Crossing multiple borders – geographic, political and philosophical – Digital Dharma is an epic chronicle of a cultural rescue and how one man’s mission became the catalyst for an international movement to provide free access to the story of a people and share their wisdom with the world.

Production Team:

Director/Producer: Dafna Yachin

Writers: Dafna Yachin, Arthur Fischman, Timothy Gates

Editor: Timothy Gates

Cinematographer: Wade Muller

Art Director: Andrea Bitai

About the Production:

“I met Gene Smith while directing another documentary short in 2006. He was extraordinarily humble, unassuming and an unlikely lead character. It was not until a year passed that I was made fully aware of his 50-year mission and of the importance of the text preservation efforts of this gentle giant of diplomacy and now iconic figure in American/Asian history. 

“With this film, I want viewers to quickly move from asking why to wanting to learn how: how the mission will be accomplished, and perhaps even how they might become agents for accomplishing such a purpose in their own lives.” — Dafna Yachin

Current Status:


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