1000 HANDS OF THE GURU
Directed by Tobias Reeuwijk
The Kingdom of Bhutan is the only remaining Vajrayana Buddhist country in the world today. One of the major differences between Vajrayana Buddhism and all other Buddhist sects across Asia is the incorporation of the thangka in meditation. Thangkas are intricately painted scrolls that act as a form of spiritual and historical storytelling, passing on blessings of past spiritual gurus.
By a twist of fate, an American art conservation master crosses paths with Four monks and a royal scholar, thus embarking on a lifelong journey to restore these holy relics to their former glory and learning the art of letting go along the way. We follow the Conservation Workshop team through their battle against entropy and a widespread lack of interest in preserving a cultural legacy, as they fight to restore Bhutan’s fading living treasures in the midst of the country’s rapid technological development.
Post Screening Q & A
Tobias Reeuwijk, Director, 1000 HANDS OF THE GURU
Writer, director and producer Tobias Arend Tze-Hao Reeuwijk was born in Hong Kong and was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Growing up he spent a large part of his childhood borrowing the family’s home video camera, eventually pursuing visual storytelling professionally.