Private Project

Bon In Dolpo

Ancient Zhang Zhung Kingdom in remote Dolpo, Nepal where Tibetan Bön practices have persisted for centuries in an unbroken lineage.

  • Andrea Heckman
    Ausangate, Bon: Mustang to Menri,
  • Andrea Heckman
    Ausangate, Bon: Mustang to Menri, Woven Stories: Weaving Traditions of Northern NM
  • Ken O'Neil
    Bon: Mustang to Menri
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    52 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    October 31, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    85,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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  • Language:
    English, Nepali, Tibetan
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival
    Kathmandu, Nepal
    December 10, 2014
    Asia premier
  • Berkeley Video and Film Festival
    Berkeley, CA
    November 8, 2014
    California premier
    Grand Festival Award
  • Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art
    New York City
    April 29, 2015
    New York state
  • Taos Center for the Arts
    Taos, New Mexico
    October 29, 2014
    World premier
Director Biography - Andrea Heckman

Andrea Heckman has a PhD in Anthropology and Art History from the University of New Mexico and was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru (1996). She is the author of an award-winning book, Woven Stories: Andean Textiles and Rituals (2003:NM Press and her documentary films include Ausangate (Peru 2006); Crossing Bridges (Taos 2006); Mountain Sanctuary (New Mexico 2009); Bon: Mustang to Menri (India and Nepal 2011); Woven Stories: Weaving Traditions of Northern New Mexico (2011); Behind the Mask (Peru 2013) and Bon In Dolpo (Nepal, 2014).

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Director Statement

IN 2011, after working four years, we completed our documentary film Bön: Mustang to Menri developed around the story of Tibet’s oldest spiritual tradition, Bön, and its unique place in Tibetan history filmed at Menri Monastery (India) and Mustang (Nepal). See and Facebook/bon Mustang to Menri. Available in DVD NTSC 16:9 (52 minutes)

Our new film, BÖN IN DOLPO explores the story of the ancient Zhang Zhung kingdom and Bön practices persisting for centuries in this region of Nepal where texts and oral teachings