I am Tsering Dhondup, writer and director of Mystic Mountain. I was born in Lhasa, Tibet, and fled to India with my father when I was ten years old. When we reached India, my father entrusted me to Tibetan Children's Village in Dharamsala, India, and he returned to Tibet. I currently live in the US as a translator of Buddhist teachings in San Jose, CA.
I'm making this film in order to help preserve the Tibetan language and enrich Tibetan oral storytelling by telling this story on the big screen. I selected an entire cast of Tibetan actors, and ensured that the Tibetan language spoken in the film achieved dialectic authenticity. Language is the foundation of culture, and for me this movie is a vehicle for keeping the Tibetan language alive among the Tibetan people in diaspora.