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Mustang - Journey of Transformation

Mustang - Journey of Transformation
30' (USA, Nepal)

Director/Producer:  Will Parrinello


Narrated by Richard Gere, Mustang – Journey of Transformation, tells the remarkable story of a culture pulled back from the brink of extinction through the restoration of its most sacred sites. The Himalayan Kingdom of Mustang lies on a windswept plateau between Nepal and Tibet in one of the most remote regions of the world. Isolated both by geography and politics, Mustangknown as the Forbidden Kingdomhas been completely off limits to westerners for fifty years. Although Mustang is culturally and ethnically Tibetan, politically it is part of Nepal. This starkly beautiful place is home to one of the last surviving repositories of Tibetan sacred art from the 15th century. To travel here is to journey into the past where one can witness the ancient ways of life. In 1991, Nepal opened Mustang’s border to the outside world. What the first visitors found was shockingthe ancient monasteries were on the verge of collapse; the Buddhist wall paintings were disintegrating; the community was deeply impoverished. The people needed health care, education and jobs. Surprisingly, the King’s first plea to outsiders offering help was to save the monasteries. Mustang – Journey of Transformation features interviews with the Dalai Lama; the King of Mustang; Luigi Fieni, the chief art restorer; and Richard Blum, founder of the American Himalayan Foundation, the NGO that worked closely with the community to restore the monasteries and bring essential social services to the people.


Will Parrinello has made award-winning films for theatrical distribution, television and home video. His credits include Dreaming of Tibet, an intimate portrait of three Tibetan exiles, which received an Audience Award at the Amnesty International Film Festival. His series Global Focus: The New Environmentalists, narrated by Robert Redford, profiles international grassroots activists. Parrinello co-produced and edited the feature-length documentary Kerouac, which was broadcast on PBS, A&E and The Learning Channel. He shot and edited In the Light of Reverence, a film about Native American sacred lands. Parrinello was a director of photography on the Academy Award-nominated documentary Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press.

Contact Information:

Will Parrinello
Mill Valley Film Group
31 East Kappas Marina
Sausalito, CA 94965
E-mail: willmvfg@gmail.com
Web site: www.mvfg.com  

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