NY Premiere of Dreaming Lhasa at HRWIFF

From Executive Producers Richard Gere/Jeremy Thomas/Raj Singh
Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
Screenings June 9, 11 and 12, 2006
Directors 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 recent sold-out IBFF co-presentations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, Dreaming Lhasa will premiere in New York City as part of the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival at the Walter Reade Theater in Lincoln Center, June 9, 11 and 12.

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.

Directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam 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

Friday, June 9, 9:15 pm SOLD OUT
Sunday, June 11, 8:45 pm SOLD OUT
Monday, June 12, 4:00 pm

Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
165 West 65th Street, plaza level (between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave.)

General admission is $10, $6 for Film Society members, $7 for full-time students with valid photo ID, $5 for seniors 65+ only at screenings Monday–Friday before 6:00 pm. For group sales, please call 212.875.5645 weekdays between 11:30–5:00 pm.

To Order Tickets
The Walter Reade Theater Box Office: To confirm box office hours and schedule call 212.875.5600.
Website: visit www.filmlinc.com (Visa/MC only. $1.25 surcharge per ticket)
Automated Phone Service: 212.496.3809, only available for shows up to seven days in advance of screening date. (Visa/MC only. $1.25 surcharge per ticket) There are no refunds or exchanges. Customer Service Helpline: 212.875.5367.

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