By Martin BRAUEN, Yangzom BRAUEN


Documentary - Pre-Production 2017

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 85 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Martin BRAUEN, Yangzom BRAUEN
    • Writer(s)
    • Martin BRAUEN
    • Producer(s)
    • Yangzom BRAUEN (YangZoom Films)
    • Synopsis
    • This is the story of an extraordinary woman, Kunsang Wangmo, a 100 year old Buddhist nun from Tibet. When she turned six years old she decided to become a nun. She later married willy-nilly a Tibetan man, he also a cleric, and gave birth to four children. In 1959 when the Chinese invaded Tibet the family ran away to India. There three of her children and her husband died. She was left alone in exile with one daughter. Both underwent many hardships, had to work in road construction, were living in primitive tents, sometimes starving. Slowly their situation improved, Kunsang got a job as a foster mother in a children's village. And her daughter Sonam could attend school classes. Then in 1972 Sonam fell in love with a Swiss student who studied anthropology in India. They got married and he took them both to Switzerland.
      In all these years living in Switzerland Kunsang never gave up her clerical life. She follows her daily religious practices. In between she is reciting millions of times certain mantras.
      Though Kunsang recently celebrated her 100th birthday she is still independent and fit. She has a special ability to adapt to life, welcomes when young people live with her in the same apartment, is full of joke, vitality and joie de vivre. No complains and gossiping about others, no depression, no sullenness but a lot of self-assuredness and self-satisfaction that can even sometimes lead to a kind of narcissism.
      Kunsang is not a heroine but a role model for many in showing us how you can age in dignity and autonomy even though she has lost not only her family but her country and freedom.
    • Partners & financing
    • We are looking for Partners and financing for this Documentary.
    • Production schedule
    • Shooting started one year ago and is ongoing. Post Production is scheduled for winter 2016/2017