South Asian Film Festival
The Sweet Requiem
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This bold new work from directors Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam (Dreaming Lhasa) is a tale of tragedy, retribution, and courage. Shifting between a present-day struggle to overcome trauma and flashbacks to a harrowing trek through the Himalayas, THE SWEET REQUIEM offers an unforgettable reflection on the refugee crisis in a part of the world too rarely reported on.
Dolkar is a 26-year-old living in exile in Delhi. An unexpected encounter with a figure from her past sets off a flurry of memories she had long repressed regarding the journey that brought her here. Dolkar was only eight when she and her father left their Tibetan home in a desperate attempt to start anew in a safer land. As memories of what became a disastrous expedition take shape, Dolkar resolves to confront the man she believes responsible. Authentically capturing the life-and-death stakes of the real-life escape across the border on which it was based, this powerful and compassionate drama grapples with sinister shadows of the past while envisioning a better future.
India/USA, 2018, 92 min, Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, In Tibetan with English subtitles
“Intensely personal and emphatically universal filmmaking.”– Justin Lowe, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER