Project Description

Cuilan Liu

Portrait of Cuilan Liu

FSC-Harvard Fellow 2011-12, 2012-13

Cuilan Liu is a doctoral candidate concentrating on Tibetan studies. Her current project Young Jigsmed (working title), with Prof. Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp as its producer, is a narration-free documentary about a newly ordained eighteen-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk whose early days of religious life are filled with both determination and confusion. This project is originated from her dissertation fieldwork on Buddhist musical traditions in Tibet during the four summers from 2007 to 2010. On the basis of what she has shot in 2010, a thirty minute version has been commissioned by CNEX. At FSC, she will be working on a fuller version of this story with additional footage from her 2011 trip to Tibet.Cuilan Liu is a PhD candidate researching on the nature and role of music in Buddhist traditions from India to China and Tibet. She is a novice filmmaker working with non-fiction video. From the summer of 2007, she has been researching on Tibetan folk music in Eastern Tibet. With financial support from Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies and a fellowship from Film Study Center at Harvard, she began to film the life of young Buddhist monks in a small Tibetan monastery in this region where the monks have preserved a special chanting tradition for centuries. The film is now in post-production with the Harvard Film Study Center.