Browse films

Carry Tiger to Mountain

Rajiv Shah
United States, 2019, 29 min.

In English & Mandarin with English subtitles.

A terminally ill jazz trumpeter cannot reconcile the differences between the two people he loves most: his compassionate caregiver and a neglected daughter who fights to get closer to him.

Director's Statement

"Instead of looking oncoming death squarely in the face, we behave as it will never come. We lie to one another, we lie to ourselves, and instead of giving voice to the essential... we allow this final, essential, unique moment of life to be mired in silence and solitude." -Marie de Hennezel

My own observations caregiving for a family member and Ms. Hennezel's quote is the unifying theme behind our film. I was surprised to find that exploring death allowed me to find an abundance of life and that life is the driving force of Carry Tiger to Mountain.

Category: Drama.
Themes: Aging, Family, Relationships.

More in Drama

  • Inez & Doug & Kira

    Inez & Doug & Kira

    Julia Kots
    United States, 2019, 97 min.

    When Inez (Tawny Cypress) took her own life after a long struggle with bipolar disorder and drug addiction, she left no note--only a pile of old photos strewn... more ›

  • Silver Moon

    Silver Moon

    Elias Benavidez
    United States, 2020, 10 min.

    After the death of his wife, a retired astronomer struggles to co-exist with his in-home caretaker. Plagued by dreams of colliding meteorites, he questions if... more ›

  • The Heavy Burden

    The Heavy Burden

    Yılmaz Özdil
    Turkey, 2019, 17 min.

    Avdel feeds his family with the salary of the donkey Bozo who works in the sanitation service of the city of Mardin in Turkey. When the "old Bozo" is retired... more ›