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Tibetan refugees in Dharamsala, the vast majority of whom are children and monks, are the subject of interviews.

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Yungchen Lhamo ...
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Tashi Norbu ...
Himself - Director of Reception Center
Thubten Samphel ...
Himself - Information Secretary
Robert Thurman ...
Himself - Buddhist Scholar - Prof. Columbia University
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There are 130,000 Tibetan refugees throughout the world, and 80,000 of them live in India, according to the Information Secretary in Dharamsala. "Dharamsala is the seat of the Tibetan government in exile," explains a subtitle, "and its spiritual center as home to the Dalai Lama. It is the destination for most refugees who escape from their country." The documentary proceeds to show us interviews with children and adults who trekked four or five weeks through the Himalayan mountains to reach Dharamsala. Almost all the refugees are children or monks. Not all the refugees survive the journey. Many survive, but not intact: some lose limbs from frostbite. Yet the refugees took the terrible risk to escape the terrible oppression in Tibet. The citizens suffer torture and humiliation; they are unable to receive an education or worship as they please. What many of the interviewees say is that visitors to Tibet should see not just the state-sanctioned tourist sites, but the villages as well. ... Written by J. Spurlin

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tibet | refugee | dharamsala | monk | india | See All (41) »

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1 April 2004 (USA)  »

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$50,000 (estimated)
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Thubten Samphel: We have into - to - right now in - about 130,000 refugees, Tibetan refugees throughout the world. There are about 80,000 Tibetan refugees in India.
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