Pema Tseden is a film director and writer born in 1969 in Hainan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Qinghai province. He is the first Tibetan to graduate from the prestigious Beijing Film Academy, and also the first director in China to make movies only in the Tibetan language. He won the Grand Jury Prize at Shanghai’s International Film Festival for The Search and a Golden Rooster for Best Directorial Debut Award for The Silent Holy Stones. His latest film is Tharlo, about a shepherd’s search for identity and culture. Tseden has published more than 50 short stories and novels in Tibetan and Chinese.