Ritu Sarin has been making films together with her partner Tenzing Sonam since the early eighties, when, as students, they made their first film 'The New Puritans: The Sikhs of Yuba City'.
They lived and worked as independent filmmakers in the San Francisco Bay Area and then in London for many years before moving back to India in 1996. They currently work out of Dharamsala. Working through their film company, White Crane Films, they have produced and directed several documentaries, mostly focusing on Tibet-related subjects. These include: 'The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche' (1991), 'The Trials of Telo Rinpoche' (1993), and 'The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet' (1998).
In 2005, they completed a dramatic feature film, 'Dreaming Lhasa', executive produced by Jeremy Thomas and Richard Gere. They have also worked on video installations, including 'Some Questions on the Nature of Your Existence' (2007).
Their most recent work, a feature documentary, 'The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom' (2009), screened at numerous international film festivals and won several awards was described by Kevin Thomas of the Los Angeles Times as, 'beautiful, stirring and inescapably elegiac'. Much of their work has attempted to document, question and reflect on the issues of exile, identity, culture and politics.