The Sweet Requiem

Directed by Tenzing Sonam, and Ritu Sarin
Year: 2018
Running Time: 90 minutes
Country: U.S., India
Language: Tibetan with English subtitles

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


Cast
Tenzin Dolker
Jampa Kalsang
Tenzin Dechen
Shavo Dorjee
Rabyoung Thonden Gyalkhang
Tashi Choedon
Nyima Dhondup

Crew
Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
Produced by Ritu Sarin and Shrihari Sathe
Writer Tenzing Sonam