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Dreaming Lhasa

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Dreaming Lhasa (Lhasa'i milam)

Directed by Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

  • India, United Kingdom 2005; 90 min
  • Original version: Tibetan, English
  • Genre: Drama

  • From the director of THE SWEET REQUIEM presented at Asian Project Market


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.



    Ritu Sarin