Machik hosted an online 49th Day memorial service and multiple screenings for Pema Tseden
With heavy hearts, Machik commemorated the 49th Day memorial after Pema Tseden's tragic passing. The online event took place on Monday, June 26 with community members joining us from around the world. Screenings in his honor were held in person as follows: New York City (June 24), Boston (June 25), Washington DC (June 30), and Toronto, Canada (July 22).
Pema left us far too soon. For every one of us who had the chance to know him, Pema was far more than a gifted writer and pioneering Tibetan filmmaker who graced the cinema world with his remarkable talent. He was a visionary Tibetan who inspired us with his boldness, his grace and his deep reservoir of heart and strength.
We gathered to mourn a loss for Tibet as well as for the global cinematic world. And we reconnected with each other to honor the values he embodied. Pema was a born creative who was determined to present rich and complex Tibetan voices to the world, both through the written word and film.
Pema Tseden's impact extends far beyond his artistic achievements. He was resilient in the face of the great uncertainty in Tibet. His tireless mentorship of aspiring Tibetan filmmakers was part of his commitment to the next generation of Tibetan storytellers. And most importantly, he led with his astonishing heart to define this era of contemporary Tibet.
It is hard to say goodbye to such an astonishing friend. But we know Pema's spirit lives on through his work and the countless lives he touched. May his uncompromising vision and expressions continue to illuminate, inspire and challenge in all corners of the world