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Country: United States
Run Time: 82 minutes
In his 1993 documentary “Compassion In Exile: The Life of the 14th Dalai Lama,” Mickey Lemle asked His Holiness what he wished for Tibet and for the remainder of his life. His answer to both was Independence, so he could exit the world spotlight and meditate. It was not to be. THE LAST DALAI LAMA? reconnects the filmmaker and the Dalai Lama at his 80th birthday celebration. From here, this warm and lively film looks both backward at the extraordinary history of this beloved world figure and forward to an uncertain future. Tibet’s struggle for autonomy continues, and the world grows more unsettled. Determined to remain a servant to the cause of peace, the Dalai Lama charts a hopeful path forward. This lovingly crafted film conveys his wise and hopeful plan unfiltered to the viewer. But it does not shy from its central question: at a moment when men of peace are greatly needed, will global unrest and politics conspire to make him the last Dalai Lama? —C.R.
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 at 4:15 PM
Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 7:50 PM
Recommended for High School Students +
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Mickey Lemle has been a documentary filmmaker since 1971. He holds a B.A. from Brandeis University. He served in the Peace Corps in Nepal and since 1996 has been Chairman of the Board for the Tibet Fund. His films have been nominated for two Emmys and have received numerous nominations and awards at festivals worldwide. He founded Lemle Pictures in 1982, which is dedicated to producing films of social awareness and human transformation.
"The Other Side of the Moon" (1990), "Compassion In Exile: The Life of the 14th Dalai Lama" (1993), "Hasten Slowly: The Journey of Sir Laurens van der Post" (1997), "Ram Dass, Fierce Grace" (2001), THE LAST DALAI LAMA? (2016)
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