Seven Tibetan refugees talk about the nightmares they have lived through both in Tibet and during their flight, and of their dreams of a return to a free Tibet. Among them His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet and Ama Adhe, author of the book "The voice that remembers". Nominated for a Dutch Academy Award.
Seven Dreams of Tibet, documentary, 50 min.
*Premiere* 2001-01-04 Amnesty International Film festival Amsterdam
Seven Tibetan refugees talk about the nightmare they have lived through both in Tibet and during their flight, and of their dreams of a return to a free Tibet.
Among them His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet and Ama Adhe, author of ìThe voice that remembersî.
Linda Gottesman, Filmakers Library: "There have been many films about Tibet and the refugees in Dharamsala, however yours is very beautifully done"His Holiness the Dalai Lama: "Best wishes for further success of your film" and "Ama Adhe is the voice of all those who didnít survive, she is the voice that remembers".
It all started when the film "Seven Years in Tibet" was being shot. Namgyal Lhamo and her sister Chuckie were in Argentina to work as extras. During a bus journey they heard a Tibetan song, sung in a beautiful male voice. At first Chuckie thought it was a tape and wanted to ask the driver for it, but the singer Tobden Gyamtso, another extra, was in fact sitting at the front of the bus. There and then they decided to start a music group: Gang Chenpa (People from the Land of the Snow).
In Seven Dreams of Tibet Namgyal Lhamo, who lives in the Netherlands, travels to Dharamsala in search of the songs and stories of the refugees who are crossing the mountains to Dharamsala to have an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Dharamsala offers a glimpse of Tibet, where human rights are being violated even as we speak. About 1.2 million Tibetans have been put to death in the most horrific way. One monk who had fled the country says: "We are even robbed of the right to die in our own way with some sort of dignity".
Religion plays an important part for the Tibetan people in internalizing the horrors of the past. Even after all he had been through, after his release Tobden tried to seek reconciliation with the guard who had tortured him in prison.
It seems that the Tibetan people are better able to cope with these horrors in their lives than others. Is it because of their belief in Karma, which may hold the promise of better times in the next life?
One day they hope to return to Tibet. But to what sort of Tibet would they be returning? And will people there still speak Tibetan or listen to their songs?
The War after Peace
Seven Dreams of Tibet is the third in a series of films ìThe war after peaceî.
Year after year people manage to keep their heads above water under the most difficult circumstances. But the ñ once peace returns at last ñ the trauma starts and they have to deal with the war all over again, but this time in their minds.
Aad van Ierland, RNTV / NIS Hilversum, The Netherlands 31 35 6724238, www.rnw.nl
Linda Gottesman, Filmakers Library, 124 East 40th Street, New York, NY 10016. Phone: 212-808-4980, fax: 212-808-4983, e-mail: email@example.com
Cast: Namgyal Lhamo, Kelsang Chukie Thetong, Tobden Gyamtso, Ama Adhe, Migmar en His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Reasearch: Simone Tangelder, Joop de Jong
Sound and editing: Pim Verdonk
Director and camera: Jan van den Berg
Production: Michiko Lodder & Loran Kuijpers
postproduction sound: Sweet Audio Martin Claassens
colorcorrection: Ronald van Dieren
Music: Gang Chenpa
Translation: Tsering Jampa, Namghyal Lhamo, PC Translations Peggy van Schaik, Sopa Gyatso, Hans van den Bogaert, NOB
Thanks to: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Namgyal Lhamo, Kelsang Chukie Thetong,
Tobden Gyamtso, Ama Adhe, Migmar, Canal +, Dorothee Forma, Jolie Ermers, Carel Jansen, Peter Goedhart, Kalsang Phutsok, Francisca van Holthoon, Jan Willem den Besten, Anuschka Walkate, Lungtok, Tenzin Bhuti, Henny Nillissen, Eva Ketzer, Antonella Creszenzi, Joop de Jong, TPO Amsterdam.
Financial support: SIMAVI, NCDO / Duurzame Wereld, ICCO