Old Dog

“OLD DOG is a true gem and the mark of an especially skilled director — mark our words, Pema Tseden is a name you’ll be seeing in contention for the Palme d’Or in the not-too-distant future.” -IndieWire


Old Dog
Thursday, February 14th, 7:00pm
Akron Art Museum (1 S High St.)
Free, open to the public

Here’s the synopsis for March’s contemporary film:

In OLD DOG, directed by Pema Tseden, the leading voice of the “Tibetan New Wave,” a family on the Himalayan plains discovers their dog is worth a fortune, but selling it comes at a terrible price.

The Tibetan nomad mastiff is an exotic prize dog in China, potentially fetching millions of dollars from wealthy Chinese buyer. When a young man named Gonpo notices several thefts of mastiffs from Tibetan farm families, he decides to sell his family’s dog before it is stolen and sold on the black market.

His father, an aging Tibetan herder, is furious when he discovers the dog missing. He sets off to buy the dog back, sparking a series of events that threaten to tear the family apart.

Weaving together narrative strands of humor and gravity, Old Dog beautifully depicts life among the rural Tibetan people and the erosion of Tibetan culture under the pressures of contemporary society.
-Icarus Films

It’s free and open to the public!


“A beautiful, highly effective and moving statement about a culture in danger of disappearing.” —James Mudge, Beyond Hollywood

“Spectacular!” —Leslie Felperin, Variety

“Perfectly incorporates the desolate living conditions of these outpost towns whilst magnificently capturing the majestic Himalayan scenery which surrounds them” —Patrick Gamble, CineVue

“Shows Tibet through Tibetan eyes, as it is lived and experienced by ordinary people” —The Culture Trip

Old Dog