The Animated History of Tibet is a nine-part animated documentary series feature original artwork, maps, culturally-faithful animation, and interviews with leading specialists in Tibetan history and culture from universities across Europe and North America. The series will be released in English in February 2024 with Tibetan-language and Mandarin-language versions following in 2024. The project is being produced in collaboration with Tibet House US (thus.org) and was financed by a successful Indiegogo campaign in 2022.
The Animated History of Tibet covers over 1300 years of history, starting with the rise and fall of the Tibetan Empire and the first spread of Buddhism to Tibet in the 7th century CE. In later episodes, you learn about the origins of the Tibetan Buddhist sects, the court intrigue of the court of government of the Dalai Lamas, and the complex and shifting relationship that Tibet shared with the Chinese Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties. The final two episodes explore Tibet as an object of European orientalist fantasy and imperial ambition, as well as the invasion and annexation of Tibet by the People’s Republic of China and the origins of the modern Tibetan diaspora.
Tibetan history is wildly rich and we think that it should be accessible to everyone regardless of their educational or financial background. Please consider sharing the project and spreading the word to help us bring that history to life.
For a detailed discussion of the content of the series, see our Episode List.