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Karma, a young Tibetan woman from New York City comes to Dharamsala, the exile headquarters of the Dalai Lama in India, in search of her roots. She is making a documentary film about former... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso ...
Karma
Tenzin Jigme ...
Jigme
Jampa Kalsang ...
Dhondup
Jampa Kalsang Tamang ...
Dhondup
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Karma, a young Tibetan woman from New York City comes to Dharamsala, the exile headquarters of the Dalai Lama in India, in search of her roots. She is making a documentary film about former political prisoners who have escaped Tibet. One of her interviewees is Dhondup, who has recently fled to India. He reveals to her that his dying mother had made him promise to deliver an old charm box to an exile Tibetan named Loga, and appeals to her for help in locating the man. Their enquiries reveal that Loga, a former CIA-trained resistance fighter, has been missing for the past fifteen years and is presumed to be dead. But is he really dead? As they set out to unravel the mysterious circumstances of his disappearance, Karma finds herself unwittingly attracted to Dhondup even as she is sucked into the vortex of his search, which takes them through the world of the exile Tibetan community in India and becomes a journey of self-discovery. Written by Tenzing Sonam

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A Tibetan-American filmmaker returns to the exiled Tibetan community in India and finds herself drawn into a quest that becomes a journey into Tibet's fractured past and a voyage of self-discovery. See more »


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27 July 2008 (Romania)  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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$6,060 (USA) (13 April 2007)

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$21,335 (USA) (20 July 2007)
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Good film - Could Be Better
13 September 2005 | by (Abu Dhabi, UAE) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Resonating soundtracks, beautiful cinematography and original story brought alive a story of two lost souls struggling to find the past/truth that they fear to uncover. The directors picked an interesting angle to look at how the Tibetan exile community continues to fight for their land and at the same time deals with the temptations from the "outside" world. Shot along very scenery Tibet-India border, the setting alone was worth to watch.

On the down side, unfortunately the leading actress still has a long way to go before reaching the same performance level as the rest of key cast members. Also the pacing was great at the beginning, but somehow went flat towards the end.

Great job for a low-budget film.


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