Film Production - Thomas L. Kelly

In Search Of Zhang Zhung

In Search Of Zhang Zhung
A Kalpa Group Production
(2003)

Co-Director, Producer, researcher for Nepal and Tibet.

Gelek, a Bön monk, accompanied by an American photographer and dhamis, or oracles and shaman priests, undertakes a journey from Kathmandu to discover for himself the ancient kingdom of Zhang Zhung where Bön flourished centuries ago. Travelling through the stark, beautiful landscapes of Nepal and Tibet, the places and people the group encounters shed light on Bön, a religion different and arguably older than Tibetan Buddhism. Throughout the pilgrimage Gelek philosophises and ponders on what it means to be a Bön monk, struggles with his doubts, and seeks to uncover the roots of his religion and identity.