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City of Dreams: From Mountains to Oceans

Film Screening and Conversation with Karma Deki

Sunday, June 16, 2024
2:00 PM–4:30 PM

Join us in the theater for a screening of City of Dreams: From Mountains to Oceans, a compelling docudrama centered around the remarkable journey of Bhutanese filmmaker Karma Deki in the film industry. Directed by Karma Deki herself, the film seamlessly blends real-life experiences with compelling storytelling, offering insight into the triumphs and obstacles faced by women in cinema. The screening will be followed by a conversation with director Karma Deki


About the Film

In the dual role of director and protagonist, Karma Deki guides viewers through a captivating tale of self-discovery, resilience, and ambition. From exhilarating highs to challenging lows, we follow Karma’s unwavering pursuit of success in the ever-evolving world of filmmaking. In the realm of cinema, every heartfelt laugh and tearful moment owes its existence to the dedication of a director.

For true cinephiles, the magic lies not only in the actors on screen but also in the visionary behind the camera. Behind each emotionally evocative film lies the journey of a filmmaker, striving to manifest their creative vision into reality. Among these storytellers stands a female filmmaker from the breathtaking landscapes of Bhutan, nestled in the majestic Himalayas. As her narrative unfolds, we witness the resilience and passion that drive her through the challenges of her craft, showcasing her unique journey in the world of cinema.

This film is written and directed by Karma Deki (Bhutan Infotainment) and produced by Namgay Tshering (Kushuthara Entertainment).


About the Speaker

Headshot of Karma Deki

Karma Deki is a passionate and visionary filmmaker committed to illuminating the narratives of marginalized communities and amplifying their voices. As the CEO of Bhutan Reel Stories and president at Women in Film and Television, Bhutan, Karma has cultivated a community of film enthusiasts and is a fierce advocate for inclusivity in the industry. Driven by compassion, mindfulness, and community values, Karma believes in the transformative power of storytelling to raise awareness on social issues and inspire positive change. Learn more at


The Rubin Museum’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, as well as by generous donations from the Museum’s Board of Trustees, individual donors, and members.

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