The Sweet Requiem

Release Year: 2018
Running time: 90
Country: U.S., India
Language: Tibetan with English subtitles
Genres: Drama , World Cinema
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Directed by: Ritu Sarin Tenzing Sonam
Writer: Tenzing Sonam
Cast: Tenzin Dolker, Jampa Kalsang, Rabyoung Thonden Gyalkhang, Tenzin Dechen, Shavo Dorjee, Tashi Choedon, Nyima Dhondup
Crew: Ritu Sarin, Shrihari Sathe

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." -- The Hollywood Reporter


"An urgent but understated drama." -- The New York Times


"...a powerfully poetic film, one of lush photography and subtle direction..." --CriterionCast



Best Narrative Feature – 2019 Cincinnati Indian Film Festival (USA)


Audience Award – 2019 Aurangabad International Film Festival (India)


NETPAC Award – 2018 Kolkata International Film Festival (India)


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