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Royal cafe (39m 50s)

2:00pm @ Armory Loft Seattle Center

Synopsis: A young Swiss born Tibetan woman staying in Paris, abandons her humdrum life to pursue her dream of making a film. She discovers Royal Cafe, a small Sri Lankan eatery around Paris that serves Tibetan food and is frequented by exile Tibetans. As she passes time in the cafe, looking for inspiration and a cast for her film, her life unfolds alongside the desires, disappointments and loneliness of her fellow diners. Royal Cafe eschews stereotypes of Tibetans living in exile to portray the simple realities of there lives. 

Language: Tibetan/English

Subtitle: English

Dir: Tenzin Dasel/Remi Caritey

Watch TRAILER here

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Leaving Fear Behind

leaving fear behind (24min 26sec)

2:45pm @ Armory Loft Seattle Center

Dhondup Wangchen was reunited with his family on the Xmas Day last year (2017) in San Francisco, after almost 10 years of separation.

Wangchen is a self taught Tibetan filmmaker  who was imprisoned by the Chinese government in 2008 on charges related to his documentary Leaving Fear Behind. Made with senior Tibetan monk Jigme Gyatso, the documentary consists of interviews with ordinary Tibetan people discussing the 14th Dalai Lama, the Chinese government, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and Han Chinese migrants to the region. Wangchen was handed down a severe 6 years prison sentence and was released in June 2014.

Language: Tibetan

Subtitle: English

Dir: Dhundup Wangchen

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THE FOUR

NOBLE TRUTHS

THE FOUR NOBLE (35MIN 07SEC)

3:15 @ Armory Loft Seattle Center

Khenrab Palden's first documentary film (2009) made as part of his academic project at Hampshire College. The film portrays the different aspects of Tibetan life in exile and explores a way forward for a Tibetan redemption.

Language: Tibetan/Language

Subtitle: English

Dir: Khenrab Palden