US Premiere of Dreaming Lhasa at SFIAAFF

From Executive Producers Richard Gere/Jeremy Thomas/Raj Singh
New Bay Area Screening Added March 22, 9:40 pm
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. Dub reggae, Cowboy Junkies, family honor and the CIA all have their place here.” –Toronto International Film Festival

19 March 2006
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. Karma, a young Tibetan filmmaker from New York, 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 introduce the screening.

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

Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley
Wednesday, March 22, 9:40 pm
(Note: the 7:30 pm screening is sold out)

General Admission: $10/students, seniors, disabled: $8/CAAM members $7
For more information, trailer, and advance ticket purchase, go to the SFIAAFF website. Tickets are also available at outlets, or by phone at 800.225.2277 or the PFA Charge-by-Phone 510.642.5249. Purchasing in advance is strongly advised, as this show will sell out.

Official Dreaming Lhasa website