Pema Tseden

Author Biography

Pema Tseden (born in 1969 in Amdo Tibet, Qinghai province) has reached a relative fame on the art world scene as the leading Tibetan art filmmaker of the 2000s and 2010s. His three feature films (The Silent Holy Stone, 2004; Looking for Drime Kunden, 2009; Old Dog, 2011) have won acclaim and reaped prizes at international art film festivals. For those who follow the film scene, Pema Tseden is thus primarily a filmmaker. Still, Pema Tseden began his public and artistic career as a fiction writer. He published his first short story, “Men and Dog” (Mi dang khyi) in 1994, and has been writing continuously since then. Two collections of his short stories have been published so far in Tibetan language and a number of his works have also been translated into English, French, Japanese and German.


This work was translated from Tibetan and presented by Françoise Robin is head of the Tibetan Studies section at Inalco (France), where she teaches Tibetan language and literature. Her research focuses on the contents, dynamics and social implications of contemporary literature in Tibetan language in the People’s Republic of China. She has recently turned her attention to women’s writings, as well as to the emerging Tibetan cinema. Besides scholarly articles on these topics and editing of special issues in various journals, she has also published many French translations of contemporary Tibetan literature.

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