Karmapa – Two Ways of Divinity is a unique, award-winning documentary on the Karmapa and how China has used him as a springboard in its politics that have lead to violation of religious rights.

On another level the film tells the story of the existence of two rival candidates for Karmapa and how the situation of the two Karmapas has lead to an internal crisis of the Buddhist denomination as proponents split into different camps.

DISTRIBUTION

- Theatrical distribution in Finland, Switzerland and Germany
- International distribution Media Luna Entertainment, Germany

FESTIVALS

Selected for 15 international film festivals, including:
- International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), The Netherlands, 1998
- ECHO-festival, Austria, 1998
- Hong Kong International Film Festival, 1999

AWARDS

- European Union Humanitarian Award (ECHO), 1998
- Best Production and Best Editing, Gava Film Festival, Spain, 1999
- The Finnish State Quality Production Award, 1998

CREW

Cast: Tsurphun Karmapa, Delhi Karmapa, Dalai Lama, Shamar Rinpoche, Zhu Xiaoming
Director: Arto Halonen
Screenwriters: Arto Halonen, Viliam Poltikovic
2. director: Viliam Poltikovic
Cinematography: Timo Heinänen, Jari Pollari
2. camera: Miroslav Soucek
Camera assistant: Harri Sipilä
Sound recording: Viliam Poltikovic, Arto Halonen
Sound design: Martti Turunen
Music: Vesa Mäkinen
Editor: Arto Halonen
Narrator (Finnish): Esko Salminen
Narrator (English): Peter Coyote
Co-producers/financiers: YLE TV2 Documentaries. Czech TV, AVEK - Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland / Department for International Development Cooperation

FURTHER INFORMATION

IMPORTANT DATES

BETWEEN CHINA AND TIBET