The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo)



Sequoia 2 Sat, Oct 13, 2018 5:00 PM
Film Info
Section:World Cinema
Running Time:91 min.
Premiere Status:US PREMIERE
Director:Ritu Sarin
Tenzing Sonam
Producer:Ritu Sarin
Shrihari Sathe
Screenwriter:Tenzing Sonam
Cinematographer:David McFarland
Editor:Jabeen Merchant
Cast:Tenzin Dolker
Jampa Kalsang Tamang
Print Source:White Crane Films
Note Writer:Alexis Whitman


The Sweet Requiem is a vivid story of one refugee’s journey from an oppressive regime and the compound aftermath of displacement for all immigrants. Dolkar is thriving. She attends pop dance classes, works a steady job, and celebrates her 25th birthday with a loving group of friends, mostly fellow immigrants from Tibet who also live in Majnu ka Tila, the Tibetan refugee colony in North Delhi. But Dolkar’s deepening friendship with the sweet mustachioed Dorjee takes an unexpected turn when he introduces her to a man he calls Gyatso-La, an alleged political activist and recent escapee from Tibet, triggering haunting memories of Dolkar’s childhood journey through the Himalayas as she left her home in Tibet. As Dolkar gets to know Dorjee and Gyatso-La, parallel stories of past and present begin to unfold, complete with Chinese spies, soldiers on the prowl, and the yearning for family left behind.

Expected Guests: Directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam  (All Screenings)

In Associaton with Buddhist Film Foundation

Additional Information

After graduating from Miranda House, Delhi University, New Delhi native Ritu Sarin got her MFA in film and video from the California College of Arts. The son of Tibetan refugees, Darjeeling-born Tenzing Sonam graduated from St Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and studied broadcast journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Together, they have made more than 20 documentaries and several video installations. Among their documentaries are The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche (1991), The Trials of Telo Rinpoche (1993), The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet (1998), and The Sun Behind the Clouds (2009). They made their fiction feature debut with Dreaming Lhasa (2005).