Royal Cafe: a Tibetan film from Paris

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918 International Affairs Building

420 West 118th Street 9th Floor

New York, NY 10027

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A screening of the film, Royal Cafe, followed by a discussion with the Paris-based filmmaker, Tenzin Dasel, and writer Ann Tashi Slater.

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Join us for a screening of the film, Royal Cafe, followed by a discussion with the Paris-based filmmaker, Tenzin Dasel, and writer Ann Tashi Slater.

About the film: A young Swiss born Tibetan woman staying in Paris abandons her humdrum life to pursue her dream of becoming a filmmaker. In the process, she discovers Royal Cafe, a small Sri Lankan eatery near the metro La Chapelle area that happens to serve Tibetan food and is frequented by exile Tibetans in Paris. As she passes time in the café, looking for inspiration and cast for her film, Her own life unfolds alongside the desires, disappointments and loneliness of her fellow diners. Royal Cafe eschews stereotypes of Tibetans living in exile to portray the simple realities of their lives.

Tenzin Dasel was born in Mysore, India and attended Upper Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharamshala, India. She went on to study fashion design in New Delhi Polytechnic then moved to France in 1999 to continue her fashion studies at Mjm Graphic design in Strasbourg, Studio Berçot in Paris. She completed her masters in Fashion at L'Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) supported by a French family. She has worked as an assistant designer for the Parisian luxury bag brand, Jerome Dreyfuss, and has experience with other well known fashion brands such as Isabel Marant and Ann Demeulemeester in Antwerp. Her first short film, called Seeds (2009), was shot in Delhi, India with an 8mm camera without any filmmaking experience. Royal Cafe is her second film, co-directed with the young French director, Rémi Caritey, without any budget.

Ann Tashi Slater has been published by The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Tin House, AGNI, Catapult, Granta, and the HuffPost, among others. Her writing appears in Women in Clothes (Penguin) and American Dragons (HarperCollins). She writes often on subjects related to Tibet; her work includes a novel based on her Tibetan family history and a memoir about a pilgrimage to reconnect with her Tibetan roots. A longtime resident of Tokyo, she teaches Comparative Literature at Japan Women's University. (www.anntashislater.com)

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