2023 Tibetan Film Festival

Day One

2023 Tibetan Film Festival


General Admission: $15, Student/AZ Friends of Tibet Supporter: $10

Passes Not Accepted

Welcome to the 2023 Tibetan Film Fest, presented by the Arizona Friends of Tibet!

The Arizona Friends of Tibet proudly shares a collection of four extraordinary films, each a window into the tapestry of Tibetan life. In this captivating journey, we explore not only the rich heritage and traditions of this remarkable community but also the challenges that have shaped their path.

A poignant feature-length film and a thought-provoking short await you at each screening, carefully chosen to illuminate the depth of emotions and stories that define a culture.

Short: Drapchi Elegy

The one-channel video installation weaves together vignettes from the everyday life of Namdol Lhamo, an anonymous exile living in Brussels who happens to be one of the famous Singing Nuns of Drapchi, a group of nuns imprisoned in Tibet in the early 1990s for peacefully demonstrating against Chinese rule. Namdol Lhamo’s sentence, along with that of her companions, was further increased when they were discovered to be secretly recording protest songs in Drapchi Prison and smuggling the tapes to the outside world. She spent a total of 12 years in prison. (Dir. by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2017, India, 17 mins., NR)

Feature-length Film: The Sweet Requiem

At the age of eight, Dolkar fled her home with her father to escape Chinese armed forces and faced an arduous journey across the Himalayas. Now 26, she lives in a Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi, where an unexpected encounter with a man from her past awakens long-suppressed memories, propelling Dolkar on an obsessive search for the truth. (Dir. by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2019, India/USA, 91 mins., NR)

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Arizona Friends of Tibet.

2 HR 30 MIN | NR

Released 2023
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