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Dawa Drolma '17
Photograph by Dawa Drolma
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Dawa Drolma ’17 won first prize at international WCC film festival and was honored by the Chinese government for her work.

LONGMEADOW, Mass.—There were many hurdles that Dawa Drolma faced in getting her short film, “Clay,” to the judges of the World Craft Council Film Festival in 2012. But she was no stranger to that. As a young woman leaving her remote Tibetan village to come to the U.S. for college, Dawa’s heartwarming passage in the face of so many incredible odds is an epic narrative. 

“Clay” won first prize in that international competition. Dawa is now a successful first-year undergraduate at Bay Path College, where she majors in business in addition to pursuing her voice as a filmmaker and photographer. 

Bay Path is proud host to Dawa’s American premiere of “Clay,” which will take place on February 6, 2014 as part of the College’s Kaleidoscope series of cultural events. At 8 p.m. that day, “Clay” will be followed by a question and answer period for the filmmaker. The event is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to join. 

“Clay” is the story of her father and brother, both masters crafting intricately sculpted likenesses of the Buddha to be later cast in bronze with the tools and techniques used for centuries by their ancestors. Focusing on this one craft from her home village in the Dzongsar Valley, Dawa highlights the larger role of the diverse, creative, centuries-old traditions that she hopes to help preserve. With her degree, she one day sees an opportunity to bring these arts to the global marketplace. 

As a means to showcase her enormous talent, Chinese television produced a documentary on Dawa’s film, her incredible saga of leaving home to pursue her dreams at an American college, and on the truly visionary talents of this extraordinary young woman. As a girl, her career prior to Bay Path was yak herding in Tibet’s high altitude plains. Her second unreleased film, “White Lies,” focuses on the relationship between a yak and her dead calf, lost to wolves.

Bay Path College hopes that you will attend the premiere of “Clay,” and listen to just some of the many epic passages that brought Dawa to Massachusetts. You will be spellbound by her tale of triumph.