LA Premiere of Dreaming Lhasa at IFFLA

From Executive Producers Richard Gere/Jeremy Thomas/Raj Singh
LA Screening Thursday, April 20, 2006
Director In Person

Dreaming Lhasa is the first film to capture both the majesty of Tibetan Buddhist culture and the complexity of its ties to the outside world.” –Toronto International Film Festival

From the frontlines of the Tibetan exile community in India comes the debut dramatic feature by veteran India-based documentary filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam (The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche, Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet). After sold-out screenings in the San Francisco Bay Area last month, Dreaming Lhasa will premiere in LA as part of the Indian Film Festival Los Angeles at the ArcLight Cinemas, Thursday, April 20, at 10:00 pm.

The film follows Karma, a young Tibetan filmmaker from New York who interviews recent Tibetan exiles in Dharamsala and encounters Dhondup, an ex-monk with an intriguing mystery. Their efforts to solve it together take them through the exile communities in India, and the journey forces each to examine their sense of identity and purpose. On the way, we meet monks, merchants, musicians, former guerrillas and expats of all stripes, stripping away many of the cliches and stereotypes about contemporary Tibetans that have clung to them in the West. The film is a heartfelt tribute to the personal sacrifices for freedom made by many, in many ways, over the past fifty years.

Director Ritu Sarin will attend and take questions after the screening.

Dreaming Lhasa
Directors: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
India/UK / 2005 / 90 min / in Tibetan and English

ArcLight Cinemas, Hollywood
Thursday, April 20, 10:00 pm

General Admission: $11/students, seniors, AFI and ArcLight members: $9
Available at the ArcLight Cinemas box office or online.

For more information, go to the IFFLA website.
Official Dreaming Lhasa website