Our film developed organically throughout our brainstorming process. We were juggling a couple ideas that consisted of the story the fire station has near Nuvu and a story that would provide the audience with what the restaurant scene is like in Central Square. We began by contacting both the fire station and the restaurants. We wanted to have as much contacts as possible in the beginning. After a few days without hearing back from the fire station, we decided to pursue the restaurant scene in Central Square.
We researched different culturally diverse restaurants within the area and right then started making calls. We hit the jackpot on the first place we talked to and met with. The first restaurant we went to was a Tibetan restaurant called Rangzen. We had only a few questions prepared when we interviewed the owner Dhiki Palmo Cheshatsang. But our questions striked extremely important conversation.
Dhiki told us that she was born in Tibet and was a refugee and fled to India. In India, her parents owned a restaurant and that is how she was inspired to own a restaurant here in America. When we asked her what the Tibetan community was like here in Boston, we were overwhelmed with how diverse and populated the Tibetan community in Cambridge really is. We were joyfully flooded with information we did not expect to receive. Dhiki provided us with many contacts to talk to. After this incredible interview, we officially decided to only focus on Rangzen and the Tibetan community for our film.
We contacted the president of the T.A.B. (Tibetan Association of Boston) and Pema from Wisdom Publications, a book publishing company that featured Buddhist and Tibetan literature. We unfortunately could not get an interview with the president of T.A.B. but he arranged for us to meet with someone else that was affiliated with the organization. Both of these contacts were a huge help and actually led us to a place where we could get even more information. Every Wednesday from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., T.A.B. hosts a vigil in Harvard Square. This event was a perfect place to provide us with a lot of footage and extra interviews that we were in need of.
After collecting all of our footage, we spent a couple days editing our films. This consisted of adding in music, broll, and other components to make our film compelling. Overall, we are extremely proud of what we have done and are honored to be able to represent the growth of the Tibetan community in Boston.