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  • Event: Shidé Nyima—Tibetan Comedian, Poet, Actor, and Filmmaker

    Smithsonian Tibetan Artist in Residence (STAR) fellow Shidé Nyima (ཞི་བདེ་ཉི་མ།) is one of the most famous Tibetan cultural producers active today. One of the founders of Tibetan-language television, he is known for his popular song lyrics, sketch comedies, poetry, and documentary film. Incorporating a deep knowledge of Tibetan culture and oral traditions, his work frequently brings folktales to life in modern media and places folk practices in modern, engaging contexts.

    Shidé Nyima has won several awards for his achievements in poetry, stage, and film. Most recently he earned acclaim for his title role in the film Tharlo (2015), including Best Actor from the Shanghai Film Critics Awards and a nomination for Best Actor in the Asia Pacific Film Awards.

    On April 25, the The George Washington University Institute for Global and International Studies, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and Shidé Nyima will host a film screening of his most recent documentary, Tsezung Lhamo (ཚེ་གཟུངས་ལྷ་མོ།), following by a discussion about the film and his work examining Tibetan experience at the nexus of tradition and modernity, and then a Q&A session.

    The Smithsonian Tibetan Artist in Residence (STAR) Fellow program provides opportunities for tradition-oriented Tibetan cultural workers to share their knowledge and experiences with audiences in the United States, and to gain new perspectives for their work once they return home. Shidé Nyima is the Smithsonian's first STAR Fellow.

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