Lo Sum Choe Sum (3 Year 3 Month Retreat)

 

(20 min, fiction, 2015) Written/Directed by Dechen Roder, Starring Dechen Zangmo, Cinematography by Jigme T Tenzing, Sound Design by Benjamin Hoerbe, Mixed at Rotor Films (Babelsberg)

The traditional “3 year-3 month retreat” or “Lo-sum-Choe Sum” is practiced by Buddhist monks, nuns and other devout practitioners. 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days is calculated as the time needed to achieve a higher state of clarity and motivation. By cutting oneself off from the world, and delving into the inner mind, the retreat is supposed to transform the practitioner. Can Lhamo, a young, wounded girl facing the harsh gaze of the world, find her own form    of retreat? Through her solace and withdrawal, can she find redemption and peace?

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