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Orphans of Tibet (2010)

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Like thousands of Tibetan children, Dholma and Sonam are refugees. Their parents have taken the drastic decision to secretly send them away to India where they will be able to grow up as true Tibetans. They first risk their lives by illegally crossing the Himalayas, a towering rampart between China and India, having to face fatigue, cold, the fear of being arrested and the pain of leaving their parents, whom they might never see again. The Mussorie school of northern India has been founded by the Tibetan government in exile and is a refuge for about two thousand orphans. Here, Dholma and Sonam have found a new family with a new mother, new brothers and sisters. The integration is difficult for the little newcomers, and their teachers try to heal the trauma of exile and the shock of separation. Yet only in India are they free to be taught about their origins, their culture and to learn to speak Tibetan.

Julie Capel
English

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ESYULEG, posted on November 23, 2013

Lovely film. It indeed is a problem to keep the Tibetan Culture alive. There also is an organization "Tutors for Tibetans" through artibet.com which hires Tibetan teachers to teach the Tibetan children their language and culture. It is important that we not only keep alive the deep loving compassionate spirit of the Tibetan people but we too need to learn from the courage and strength of these people and the great sacrifices they are making for the world. The parents and grandparents, alive or imprisoned and barely alive or dead, offer us concrete example of love and giving up of their dearest ones. Let's support them.

rosaluna, posted on August 30, 2013

You will fall in love with all these beautiful kids who escaped from Tibet under dangerous conditions, leaving behind families, friends, and communities. They have found new hope in becoming students proficient in their own language and culture at a well-run orphanage/school in Mysore, India. A loving glimpse at their daily lives will leave you with a prayer for their success on your lips too.

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