The above is a still image of the video Tripitaka, view it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5nEENzy0SY
Utilizing animation and traditional oil painting, Tripitaka is a silent short film reflecting on individual’s journey seeking enlightenment, as well as the issue of religious freedom in contemporary China. Inspired by Chinese classic Journey to the West, a fictionalized account of the legendary pilgrimage of Buddhist monk Tripitaka and his three disciples-the Monkey King, Pigsy and Sandy-traveling to India to obtain sacred texts, the work metaphorically depicts ordeals of individuals journeying towards enlightenment. As Han Chinese themselves, artists Lily and Honglei deeply concern the religious repressions and ethnic hostility experienced by Tibetan people on a day-to-day basis; Tripitaka is created as a result. Meanwhile, the storyline of Tripitaka is intentionally designed to resonate biblical tales, insinuating the universality of religions.