A Stranger in my Native Land

English (subtitled), 32 min, 1998, UK

Nearly four decades after his parents left Tibet to come into exile in India, Tenzing Sonam went back to visit his ancestral homeland, now under Chinese rule. From the far reaches of Amdo Province, where Tibetans have lost their language, to Lhasa, the heart of the country, the film captures his meetings with long-lost relatives and conveys a sense of the desperation of Tibet as a country under occupation.

Ritu Sarin
Creative Crew
Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam
Tenzing Sonam
Awards and Screenings:

Film Festivals:
Film South Asia, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1999
Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, New York, 1997
NYANA, New York National Film Theatre, London
Kino Xenix, Zurich
Caligari FilmBuehne, Wiesbaden
Kino in der Brotfabrik, Bonn
Minnesota Film Center, Minneapolis
Cinema City, Norwich
India International Centre, New Delhi