New documentary to premiere on LDS man who preserved Tibetan texts

Published: Friday, June 29 2012 11:46 a.m. MDT

Our Take: The Los Angeles Times and the New York Times reported on DocuWeeks, a documentary film festival to take place in both respective cities this August. Among the top films mentioned is "Digital Dharma: One Man’s Mission to Save a Culture," which is about E. Gene Smith, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from Utah, who struggled to save ancient Tibetan texts.

“Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture,” Dafna Yachin, director, producer and writer:

When ancient writings of Sanskrit and Tibetan texts vanish during the political turmoil of the 1950s and 1960s, the history of a whole society is in danger of disappearing. “Digital Dharma” chronicles the 50-year journey of E. Gene Smith, a Mormon from Utah, the unlikely leader of an effort to rescue, preserve and share 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text. It's the story of one man's mission that became the catalyst for an international movement to provide free access to the story of a people.

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