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What Remains of Us (2004)

Ce qu'il reste de nous (original title)
A Tibetan-Canadian returns to her homeland to smuggle a secret message from the Dalai Lama and to document the occupation and cultural genocide of Tibet by China.
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Credited cast:
Kalsang Dolma ...
Herself (and narrator)


This bold documentary follows a young Tibetan refugee in Quebec as she returns to her native land carrying a video message by the Dalai Lama. Tibetan families gather around, transfixed by the images of the leader who since 1950 has been trying to obtain permission from the Chinese authorities to return to his homeland and his people. Written by Anonymous

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Humanity needs Tibet. Tibet needs humanity.







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2 April 2005 (USA)  »

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CAD 489,000 (estimated)

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Worldwide, each moviegoer attending a screening was to be searched by security guards before entering the theater, in order to prevent anyone with any type of camera to take pictures of the faces appearing in the film. The release of such portraits could endanger the life of the Tibetans because the Chinese government might consider the participants as political troublemakers, and eventually put them in jail, torture or even kill them. See more »

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Profound movies don't need high tech or glamour
25 November 2004 | by (Montana) – See all my reviews

A deeply moving and important film. Has remained frequently in my thoughts since I first viewed it in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Its the first movie which has ever motivated me to ask my local theatre to add it to their showings for the year.

Without much in the way of script, just straightforward reactions of local Tibetans still waiting for their challenge to be taken seriously and endorsed by the world: that peace is better than violence. Their conviction and hope even in the face of suffering creates an inescapable echo in my soul.

One of the few movies that proves when your topic is important enough there is no need for high tech, fast action or Hollywood glamour. We need more like this one.

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