The Sweet Requiem


Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 1 Thu, May 2, 2019 6:00 PM
Landmark’s E Street Cinema Theater 1 Sat, May 4, 2019 8:45 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2018
Genre:Justice Matters
Production Country:India/USA
Original Language:Tibetan
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Ritu Sarin
Tenzing Sonam


In a Tibetan refugee enclave in Delhi, Dolkar’s concerns are those of any Indian her age—find a good job, look cool, go dancing at night—plus hide new refugees from the Chinese authorities and deal with living apart from family in Lhasa, who gave you up to your future. Dolkar arrived 18 years ago; she barely remembers the journey that got her here. But something haunts her. With the arrival in Delhi of Gompo, details of that long-ago, ill-fated trek over the Himalayas begin to come back to Dolkar. The mountain pass, frozen, dangerous . . . Dolkar carried on her father’s back, until her father was no more. Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, an Indian-Tibetan couple whose memorable films include The Sun Behind the Clouds (FFDC 2010) and Dreaming Lhasa, have here created a narrative of karmic balance between the claustrophobic present and the treacherously open past.—Judy Bloch