BANFF Mountain Film Festival 2009 – Nominated: Documentary finalist
In 1998 Jamyang Yeshi, a singer and musician from the Amdo region of Tibet, fled his country and settled in Dharamsala, India. After eight years he eventually settled in Canada, while his brother Tsundue made his home in the United States. As exiles, neither of the brothers is allowed to return to their homeland, and their family have not heard them sing for fifteen years. In Shining Spirit, recordings of Jamyang’s music are brought back to his family in Amdo, and friends mix clips from Tibet and North America. Jamyang’s family are reunited by music, overcoming the thousands of miles between them.