The film Gyalsey legacy of a prince be­ing re­screened

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To con­tinue the cel­e­bra­tions for the 60th birth An­niver­sary of the Fourth Druk Gyalpo and demon­strate Bhutanese achieve­ment for 108th Na­tional Day, one hour and 41 min­utes long film Gyalsey legacy of a prince which was shot for seven years in Ti­bet was screened at City Mall cin­ema for an au­di­ence of in­vited guests yes­ter­day.

Si­mul­ta­ne­ously it was also aired on Bhutan Broad Cast­ing Ser­vice chan­nel 2, (BBS-2) for the en­tire na­tion so that a shared cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence and pos­i­tive in­ten­tion will man­i­fest.

Ms. Aine Carey, from the Bhutan Cul­ture Com­pany said that the film has been re-edited and had pro­fes­sional post­pro­duc­tion; this took a long time be­cause Hol­ly­wood pro­fes­sion­als do­nated their time to this film to sup­port a young film­maker, and they had to work around their projects. We timed the re-release for the 60th Birth An­niver­sary of His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo.

This gala event cel­e­brates Gyalsey legacy of a prince, as well as the achieve­ments of the ath­letes, artists and in­no­va­tors who are tak­ing risks and fol­low­ing their pas­sion.

The film di­rec­tor, Jamyang dis­tin­guished him­self in the Hol­ly­wood fea­ture film, Seven Years in Ti­bet star­ing op­po­site Hol­ly­wood leg­end Brad Pitt in 1997.

Jamyangs’ por­trayal of the Young Dalai Lama earned him a nom­i­na­tion for the cov­eted Hol­ly­wood re­porter “Young Star Award”, which ac­knowl­edges the best per­for­mance by a young ac­tor in a Drama film.

Ac­cord­ing to the press release, the main ob­jec­tive of the film was that pub­licly cel­e­brate a Bhutanese fea­ture film that demon­strates in­no­va­tion and a suc­cess­ful col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the gov­ern­ment, film in­dus­try, na­tional and inter- na­tional part­ners that is ful­fill­ing the pur­pose and vi­sion of the na­tional film pol­icy of Bhutan and gen­er­ate sup­port at a lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional level so Gyalsey legacy of a prince can achieve in­ter­na­tional dis­tri­bu­tion, rep­re­sent Bhutan on a global level and ful­fill the pur­pose and vi­sion set forth in the Na­tional Film Pol­icy of Bhutan.

It also states that to ac­knowl­edge and af­firm the Gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts to nur­ture the film in­dus­try and to in­spire lo­cal film­mak­ers, artists and en­trepreneurs to strive for in­no­va­tion and ex­cel­lence by cel­e­brat­ing their achieve­ments and fos­ter­ing hope that their ef­forts will pro­duce hon­or­able re­sults.

Ed­u­cate and en­cour­age the lo­cal com­mu­nity to sup­port the film in­dus­try, artists, ath­letes, en­trepreneurs and ev­ery­one who is striv­ing to ful­fill their fullest po­ten­tial, states the press release.

Mean­while, Jamyang is the first and only Bhutanese cit­i­zen to star in a “Hol­ly­wood” film.

His di­rec­to­rial de­but film, Gyalsey legacy of a prince re­leased in 2012, re­ceived im­pres­sive re­views as an in­no­va­tion in Bhutanese film­mak­ing.

Jamyang wrote, di­rected and pro­duced the film, mark­ing his first act­ing role since Seven Years in Ti­bet.

Dur­ing the “Art and Craft of Hol­ly­wood Film­mak­ing” work­shop, Jamyang ap­proached Ms. Aine Carey and asked if she would watch his film and men­tor him. Af­ter view­ing Gyalsey legacy of a prince, Aine was im­pressed and be­lieved that the film, with some re­fin­ing, could reach and im­press an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence.

In 2013 Ms. Aine cre­ated the Bhutan Cul­ture Com­pany, a Los An­ge­les based non­profit es­tab­lished “to nur­ture the growth of Bhutanese film into a vi­brant in­dus­try of in­ter­na­tional re­pute that af­firms and promotes Bhutan’s cul­tural and artis­tic ex­pres­sion for the over­all so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the coun­try through the cre­ation of com­mer­cially suc­cess­ful con­tent that has a pos­i­tive so­cial im­pact”.

In the same year, Ms. Aine re­ceived the gra­cious sup­port of His Majesty the King, which en­abled her to con­tinue her col­lab­o­ra­tion with Jamyang, the gov­ern­ment and other artists in Bhutan.

Aine and Jamyang then part­nered with Hol­ly­wood post­pro­duc­tion pro­fes­sion­als who do­nated their ser­vices to sup­port an as­pir­ing film­maker and to help Gyalsey legacy of a prince achieve its fullest po­ten­tial. This process re­sulted in the suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of a re-edited version of Gyalsey Legacy of A Prince, which they hope can achieve in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure and dis­tri­bu­tion and rep­re­sent Bhutan on a global level.

Mean­while, it was hosted in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Me­dia, Gu­mar Films and Bhutan Cul­ture Com­pany.

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