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The Nightingale of Tibet (2013)

A chronicle of the heroic life of one of the greatest singers of our times.


IYER (as Arvind Iyer)


IYER (script) (as Arvind Iyer), Pooja Ladha Surti (script)




Credited cast:
Chris Constantinou Chris Constantinou ... Jack Cassady
Namgyal Lhamo Namgyal Lhamo ... Yiga Gyalnang
Robert Lin ... Chinese Police Officer
Joseph Rezwin Joseph Rezwin ... Foreign Intelligence Officer


The Nightingale of Tibet is a musical biopic about the life of opera singer Yiga Gyalnang, played by Tibetan singer Namgyal Lhamo. The movie follows the perilous journey of the singer as she escapes illegal detention in an underground Tibetan prison cell to make it across the border to Nepal and eventually to Europe where she finds international acclaim and success. Written by Ethosphere Entertainment

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prison | escape | tibet | human rights | See All (4) »


A moving and inspirational chronicle of the heroic life of one of the greatest singers of our times.


Drama | Musical


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The film explores the life of Yiga Gyalnang (played by Namgyal Lhamo), a Tibetan Opera singer, held as a prisoner at the Drapchi Prison in Lhasa, Tibet.
21 April 2013 | by romathinSee all my reviews

This movie tells a layered story. It's about Drapchi, a prison in Lhasa (Tibet) that symbolizes control and fear. It's about the survival of Tibetan culture and Tibetan opera. It's about personal struggle in different forms. Tibetan opera combined with a touch of western rock music guides you through the amazing landscapes of Tibet while the opera singer Yiga crosses the mountains. Yiga wants to sing, she doesn't want to undergo the cultural make over forced on her and the other people of Tibet.

This movie was directed by Arvind Iyer with great respect for the Tibetan culture and music. This movie doesn't just tell us about an opera singer fighting for her music, it shows us the Tibetan way of looking at life, suffering, freedom and compassion. Interesting for people that are more or less informed about Tibet.

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English | Tibetan

Release Date:

10 March 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drapchi, Tibet See more »

Filming Locations:

France See more »


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Iceberg Nine Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

DTS | DTS-Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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