Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman to speak at Rosendale Theatre screening of Kundun

Still from Kundun (Buena Vista Pictures)

The third film in Joanna Rotté’s Dharma Film Series, the Rosendale Theatre presents Kundun, Martin Scorsese’s biographical epic, on Sunday, November 17. Set in Tibet between 1937 and 1959, with music by the Minimalist master Philip Glass, Kundun explores the finding and unique education of the child Tenzin Gyatso as he becomes the spiritual and political leader of Tibet. Based on the actual life and writings of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, the film culminates in his escape from Tibet and journey into exile amidst the terror of the Chinese invasion.

Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University as well as co-founder and president of Tibet House US/Menla, Robert Thurman will be on hand to speak about the film and respond to questions. Professor Thurman has been a close friend of the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet for more than 50 years. His most recent book is a graphic novel, Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet. The book will be available for sale following the question-and-answer session. Admission costs $10, $8 for members.

Kundun, Sunday, Nov. 17, 3 p.m., $10/$8, Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale, (845) 658-8989, www.rosendaletheatre.org