Films on Tibet
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili is a film inspired by a people's remarkable mission surrounding the illegal Tibetan antelope poaching in the region of Kekexili, the largest animal reserve in China.
(2005) 90 minutes
Karma, a Tibetan filmmaker from New York, goes to Dharamsala, the Dalai Lama's exile headquarters in northern India, to make a documentary about former political prisoners who have escaped from Tibet. She wants to reconnect with her roots but is also escaping a deteriorating relationship back home. One of Karma's interviewees is Dhondup, an enigmatic ex-monk who has just escaped from Tibet. He confides in her that his real reason for coming to India is to fulfill his dying mother's last wish, to deliver a charm box to a long-missing resistance fighter. Karma finds herself unwittingly falling in love with Dhondup even as she is sucked into the passion of his quest, which becomes a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery.
(1997) 139 minutes
Brad Pitt stared in this adaptation of the famous true story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.
(1997) 134 minutes
Acclaimed "biopic" of the 14th Dalai Lama, focusing on his childhood, how he dealt with the invasion of Tibet and his eventual escape into exile. Nominated for 4 Oscars.
(1999) 93 minutes
A humorous story about the attempts of two young Tibetan refugees at a monastery in India to follow the soccer World Cup being played in France.
(1999) 97 minutes
Windhorse tells the story of an aspiring Tibetan pop singer who wins favour with the Chinese government of occupied Tibet, but faces a crisis of conscience when her cousin, a Buddhist nun, is imprisoned and tortured for her religious beliefs. The singer and her brother join forces to secretly videotape the testimony of their cousin and sneak it out of Tibet.