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Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso - Karma

Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso Tenzin Chokyi was born in India. She immigrated with her parents to America at the age of four and grew up in Warrenton, a small lumbering community in Oregon. Since 1991, she has lived in Fairfax, Virginia. After graduating in International Business from George Washington University in 1996, she joined Chevy Chase Bank. She has always been interested in acting and seized her opportunity by responding to the casting call for Dreaming Lhasa and auditioning for the role of Karma. Back at her bank job again, she nevertheless hopes to develop her acting career.

Jampa Kalsang - Dhondup

Jampa Kalsang Born and brought up in Kathmandu, Nepal. Jampa's first experience as an actor came when he played an important role in the film, Windhorse. He then worked on the French production, Himalaya, both as an actor and as assistant director. Subsequently, he worked as an assistant on Samsara, in which he also had a small role. Besides acting, Jampa is keenly interested in the whole process of filmmaking and hopes to direct his own film in the future. In his spare time, he is an avid guitar player and performs a range of Western and Tibetan songs.

Tenzin Jigme - Jigme

Tenzin Jigme Tenzin Jigme was born in Dharamsala, India. He studied at the Tibetan Children's Village before devoting himself fulltime to music. He plays lead guitar with the Dharamsala-based rock band, JJI Exile Brothers, which he formed with his two brothers. Playing original songs that combine Western rock and traditional Tibetan influences with politically conscious lyrics, JJI Exile Brothers are popular among the exile Tibetan youth. Selected from nearly 100 applicants who auditioned for the role, this is Tenzin Jigme's first and only acting experience.

Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhang

Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhang Phuntsok Namgyal was an official in the Tibetan Government in Lhasa before following the Dalai Lama into exile in 1959. In India, he served for many years in the Tibetan government-in-exile. Later, he turned his attention to his first love, traditional Tibetan music and calligraphy. For a few of years in the nineties, he lived in London and earned a living busking in the Underground, singing traditional Tibetan songs and playing the Tibetan lute called a dranyen! He now lives in Dharamsala. This is his first acting experience.

Tsering Topgyal Phurpatsang

Tsering Topgyal Phurpatsang Tsering Topgyal comes from a chieftain family in Eastern Tibet. Following the Chinese invasion, he joined the local resistance and was subsequently arrested by the Chinese. He spent nearly 20 years in prison before being released in the early eighties. He fled to India shortly afterwards and now works for the Tibetan government-in-exile in Dharamsala. He has never acted before.

Tenzin WangdrakTenzin Wangdak

Tenzin Wangdrak was a member of the Chushi Gangdruk (Four Rivers Six Ranges) resistance organization that fought the Chinese in Tibet in the late fifties. Following his escape to India in 1959, he became the Dalai Lama's personal driver for many years until his retirement a few years ago. He still lives close to the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala. This is the first time he has ever acted.