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Dreaming Lhasa

Set in Dharamsala in northern India, this 2005 drama considers the challenges facing the Tibetan diaspora, in the person of a Tibetan-American documentary filmmaker, the local musician assisting her, and a refugee monk whose search for a missing freedom fighter leads him to exile communities in Jaipur and Delhi. The fictional story incorporates harrowing documentary testimony from former Tibetan political prisoners, but essentially this is a hopeful look at a resilient people keeping their traditions alive as they move into the digital age. The magnificent Himalayan panoramas are enhanced by a score combining folk music, Tibetan rock, and tunes by Western artists like the Cowboy Junkies. Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam directed. In English and subtitled Tibetan. 90 min.

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