Filmmakers from as far as Venezuela, Italy, Cuba and South Korea presented their work at the third Ladakh International Film Festival (LIFF). But surprisingly local participation at the three-day gala, which aims to encourage movie-making culture here, has been close to zilch.
The setting was perfect - an amphitheatre in a school with mountains on all four sides, a pitch dark sky with countless stars twinkling away and the screening of a film - the Asian premiere of `Bollywood - The Greatest Love Story Ever Told`, a colourful `thali` full of everything Hindi cinema stands for, couldn`t have been in a more apt ambience.
He`s a monk from Ladakh, who was sent to Darjeeling when he was all of two and later to Bhutan for his further studies. Thuksey Rinpoche didn`t know Ladakhi and his native culture, but he credits local films for teaching him the language and traditions.