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!

AFOT 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.

Feature-length Film: The Sweet Requiem

When a young, exiled Tibetan woman unexpectedly sees a man from her past, long-suppressed memories of her traumatic escape with her father across the Himalayas are reignited and she is propelled on an obsessive search for reconciliation and closure. Called “an urgent but understated drama…with a delicacy and sobriety rare in moviemaking” by the New York Times, Sweet Requiem was Winner of Best Film at The Kolkata International Film Festival and an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. (Dir. by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2019, India/USA, 91 mins., NR)

Short: Drapchi Elegy

Namdol Lhamo is is 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 and is now an anonymous Tibetan exile living in Brussels. This is Namdal’s story. (Dir. by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, 2017, India, 17 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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