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INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER RITU SARIN'S 'THE SWEET REQUIM' MADE IT TO THE TIFF

By Mukul Arora . 8th September 2018 02:30pm
INDEPENDENT FILMMAKER RITU SARIN'S 'THE SWEET REQUIM' MADE IT TO THE TIFF

It has been more than five decades since China annexed the Himalayan Kingdom of Tibet. From that day, thousands of Tibetans were forced to leave their homeland. While many of them have taken exile in India, a few of them are still struggling for their rights back in their homeland. 'The Sweet Requiem', A film by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. Based in the Dharamshala town ( the seat of Tibetan government in exile) the filmmakers are thrilled it is making its debut at a prominent platform such as TIFF, as did their 2005 project, Dreaming Lhasa. This is not the first time when a film on the struggles of the Tibetan community has garnered love on international platforms. 1997 release Kundun was one such movie which received immense love at various platforms. The film was based on the life of current Dalai Lama (Dalai Lama the 14th) from his birth to his swearing-in as the 14th Dalai Lama. The film also focused on the phase when Chinese forces attacked this peaceful land of Tibetans. The film is mainly in the Tibetan language and set largely within the community settled in Delhi. Its fulcrum is 26-year-old Dolkar and her life as a refugee, counterpointed with flashbacks to the perilous journey she undertook as a child, along with her father, leaving her mother and sister behind, to flee Tibet and find sanctuary elsewhere. TIFF’s artistic director Cameron Bailey said, “You see the period in India and the nuances of the social milieu there and the story of leaving as well. It’s quite a powerful story and I think they’re doing something quite remarkable. Obviously, the filmmakers couldn’t shoot in Tibet, Instead, Ladakh substituted for the rugged landscape of Tibet. Sarin said filming there was “quite difficult”, given the altitude of about 15,000 feet. But they were also fortunate: Snow was required for certain scenes and after eight years, there was sufficient snowfall to meet their requirement.