In our increasingly mechanized and automated world that frowns on superstition and mysticism, this story shows how vitally relevant our disappearing ancient wisdom and traditional beliefs still are. In particular, the film focuses on the age-old Himalayan celebration of feminine energy as the most supreme aspect of being. Crucial to our own volatile era, this energy is personified in tantric Buddhism by dakinis who may appear as living beings with almost supernatural powers to give or take away our life force and provide direction, guidance or ruin to our lives.
This story is about Tenzin – a modern young Tibetan entrepreneur, utterly sceptical of such “irrational” beliefs, who is driven to create the best coffee shop in Nepal. Reluctantly, Tenzin also follows his old mother’s deepest wish that he learn a traditional but dying Tibetan song art in which she had excelled. While obsessively pursuing his ambition, Tenzin is suddenly tormented by peculiar and recurring dreams and images that friends and seers tell him signal his imminent death.
Realized sages and ancient texts advise that only finding a dakini can save his life or else he will die in seven days. Tenzin disparages both the prediction and the advice as foolish superstition. But no matter how sceptical we are, the reality of death – and especially our own – makes us paranoid and panicky. And so, Tenzin soon embarks on a desperate search for this “very special woman” that brings him face to face with his own neurosis and attachments and with the speed, frenzy, distraction and rational limitations of modern life.