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DREAMING LHASA
San Francisco Bay Guardian
June 2007

In their first narrative feature, directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam follow United States-raised Tibetan Karma (Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso) as she visits Dharamsala, India, to make a documentary. While interviewing several Tibetan exiles who fled their homeland after being persecuted by China for joining the revolution for a free Tibet, Karma meets Dhondup (Jampa Kalsang). Deeply interested in the ex-monk's story, the cross-cultural filmmaker decides to accompany Dhondup in his journey to fulfill his mother's last wish: finding Loga (Phuntsok Namgyal Dhumkhang), a missing Tibetan exile. Using mostly nonprofessional actors and boasting some beautifully shot imagery, the film soon turns into a delicate and graceful exploration of cultural identity. While the older generation of Tibetan resistance fighters is fading away, the younger Tibetans, born and raised in India, are struggling with their sense of belonging. (1:30) Smith Rafael, Roxie. (Komodore)

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