Dreaming Lhasa

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    Dreaming Lhasa

    Lhasa'i milam

    Directed by

    India, United Kingdom

    2005

    90 min

    • English
    • Tibetan

    Drama

    Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. She wants to reconnect with her roots but is also escaping a deteriorating relationship back home. One of Karma's interviewees is Dhondup, an enigmatic ex-monk who has just escaped from Tibet. He confides in her that his real reason for coming to India is to fulfill his dying mother's last wish, to deliver a charm box to a long-missing resistance fighter. Karma finds herself unwittingly falling in love with Dhondup even as she is sucked into the passion of his quest, which becomes a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.

    Credits

    Cast
    Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso
    Jampa Kalsang
    Tenzin Jigme
    Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhangm
    Tsering Topgyal Phurpatsang
    Tenzin Wangdrak
    Screenplay
    Tenzing Sonam
    Cinematography
    Ranjan Palit
    Editing
    Paul Dosaj
    Music
    Andy Spence
    Production
    WHITE CRANE FILMS

    Press

    Manages to enchant with its simplicity and scenery.

    Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times

    Dreaming Lhasa is a fine example of how feature films can be used to deliver urgent political messages.

    Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times

    Ritu Sarin

    Ritu Sarin

    United Kingdom

    Ritu was born in New Delhi. She finished her schooling in London and completed her undergraduate studies at Delhi University. She then did an MFA in Film and Video from the California College of the Arts in Oakland. In 1987, Ritu moved with husband Tenzing Sonam to London to help the Meridian Trust, a Buddhist film and video archive, develop its archives. As part of their efforts, they documented on video a number of historic trips made by the Dalai Lama, including the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Norway. In 1990, they started White Crane Films and made THE REINCARNATION OF KHENSUR RINPOCHE. The film was screened at numerous international film festivals and was broadcast throughout the world. It also had a successful theatrical release in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the USA. Their subsequent films, some of which were commissioned by the BBC, include THE TRIALS OF TELO RINPOCHE, A STRANGER IN MY NATIVE LAND and THE SHADOW CIRCUS: THE CIA IN TIBET. Their most recent work is a video installation, SOME QUESTIONS ON THE NATURE OF YOUR EXISTENCE, which was commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna.

    Selected Filmography

    Tenzing Sonam

    Tenzing Sonam

    United Kingdom

    Tenzing Sonam is a Tibetan film director, writer and essayist. He works through his production company, White Crane Films, which he runs with his partner, Ritu Sarin.

    Selected Filmography