The Sweet Requiem


Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Aug 27 4:00 PM
Mary D. Fisher Theatre Tue, Aug 27 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Narrative Feature Drama
Release Year:2018
Run Time:92 minutes
Production Country:USA/India
Original Language:Tibetan
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ritu Sarin
Tenzing Sonam


When a young, exile Tibetan woman unexpectedly sees a man from her past, long suppressed memories of her traumatic escape across the Himalayas are reignited and she is propelled on an obsessive search for reconciliation and closure.

Dolkar, a 26-year-old exile Tibetan, lives in Delhi. 18 years ago, she escaped from Tibet with her father, making a perilous trek across the Himalayas that ended in tragedy. Dolkar has suppressed all recollection of that traumatic incident. But when she unexpectedly encounters Gompo, the guide who abandoned them during their journey, memories of her escape are reignited and she is propelled on an obsessive search for retribution and closure.

Flashbacks of her desperate journey with a small group through a harsh and desolate Himalayan terrain punctuate her growing predicament in the present as she follows Gompo through the claustrophobic alleys of the Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi.

The two stories moving in tandem, both determined by a series of fateful choices, reach their conclusion as Dolkar and Gompo finally confront each other.

"Intensely personal and emphatically universal filmmaking." – Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

“ ‘The Sweet Requiem’ manages to play out as an urgent but understated drama. The film puts its points across with a delicacy and sobriety rare in moviemaking." – Glenn Kenny, The New York Times