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"The Sweet Requiem" Screening and Discussion

  • 2200 Rayburn House Office Building (map)

Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission Film Screening

The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo)

Followed by a Discussion with Filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam

Thursday, May 9, 2019
5:00 - 8:00 PM
2200 Rayburn House Office Building

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a screening of the 2018 film The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo), followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

Dolkar, a 26-year-old exile Tibetan, lives in Delhi. Eighteen 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 reignite 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 alleys of the Tibetan refugee colony in Delhi. The two stories move in tandem until Dolkar and Gompo finally confront each other.

Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam are an Indian-Tibetan couple whose previous films include The Sun Behind the Clouds and Dreaming Lhasa. The Sweet Requiem will be presented in Tibetan and Hindi with English subtitles.

Following the screening, panelists will discuss the making of the film and the situation of Tibetan refugees in India.

Opening Remarks

  • Rep. James P. McGovern, Co-Chair, TLHRC

Panelists

  • Ritu Sarin, Filmmaker, The Sweet Requiem

  • Tenzing Sonam, Filmmaker, The Sweet Requiem

Moderator

  • Tencho Gyatso, Director of Outreach, International Campaign for Tibet

This briefing will be open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the interested public, and the media. For any questions, please contact Rosie Berman at 202-225-3599 or Rosie.Berman@mail.house.gov (for Co-Chair McGovern) or Piero Tozzi at 202-225-3765 or Piero.Tozzi@mail.house.gov (for Co-Chair Smith).