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Dreaming Lhasa (2005)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Mystery | 27 July 2008 (Romania)
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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 »


Tenzing Sonam
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Credited cast:
Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso Tenzin Chokyi Gyatso ... Karma
Tenzin Jigme Tenzin Jigme ... Jigme
Jampa Kalsang Jampa Kalsang ... Dhondup
Jampa Kalsang Tamang Jampa Kalsang Tamang ... Dhondup


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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English | Tibetan

Release Date:

27 July 2008 (Romania) See more »

Also Known As:

Anazitontas tin Apagorevmeni Poli See more »

Filming Locations:

Clement Town, India See more »


Box Office


$350,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,060, 13 April 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$21,335, 22 July 2007
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Company Credits

Production Co:

White Crane Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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A fictional film about a search and the all too real suffering of Tibetans
30 September 2007 | by raseczSee all my reviews

Under the guise of a simple plot -- Tibetan woman living in the West comes to Dharamsala, India and becomes involved in the search for a missing Tibetan man -- the film forces us to return to the sad story of Tibet.

Starting with the invasion by China in 1949 and stretching to the political crackdown of 1987-88, we are reacquainted with the problem of Tibetan refugees, the Dalai Lama being the best recognized of them. We see a little of the life of those refugees in India. We get to meet four past political prisoners and the treatment and torture they suffered in the hands of the Chinese occupiers.

This is not a documentary, but at the political level it works as one.

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