Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } See Beyond

The Sweet Requiem
(Kyoyang Ngarmo)


Year: 2018
Country: INDIA, USA
Run Time: 93 minutes

The Sweet Requiem
The Sweet Requiem
The Sweet Requiem
The Sweet Requiem

THE SWEET REQUIEM opens with a shocking scene: a traveler trudging through desolate, snow-covered mountains is shot and killed, stunning a young girl in the hiking party. Things don’t get clearer as the movie continues. Twenty-something Dolkar, an esthetician living in modern-day Delhi, shadows a mysterious Tibetan refugee, who keeps dialing a disconnected phone number. But through a combination of flashbacks and a contemporary narrative, the plot starts falling into place. Dolkar is also Tibetan, and she was the little girl caught in the gunfire, as her parents risked a harrowing Himalayan journey to give her a better life in India. The man she’s currently following is actually someone she encountered on that trip, which dredges up distressing memories. Actress Tenzin Dolker portrays Dolkar with nuance and grace, especially as these upsetting revelations accumulate and inflict more emotional anguish. But while THE SWEET REQUIEM illustrates how difficult it is to escape from the past, the film also underscores how cathartic it can be to embrace pain—and transform it into forgiveness. (In English and Tibetan with subtitles) —A.Z.

CIFF43 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Friday, March 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM

Pan-Asian Cinema
Strangers in a Strange Land

ReelWomenDirect Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

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Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

Ritu Sarin was born in New Delhi. After graduating from Miranda House, Delhi University, she earned her M.F.A. in Film and Video from the California College of Arts. Tenzing Sonam was born in Darjeeling in northeastern India to Tibetan refugee parents. He graduated from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, and studied broadcast journalism at the University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Through their film company, White Crane Films, the team has made more than 20 documentaries, several video installations, and feature films. Their work primarily focuses on the subject of Tibet.

Dreaming Lhasa (2005), THE SWEET REQUIEM (2018)

Ritu Sarin, Shrihari Sathe

Tenzing Sonam

David McFarland

Jabeen Merchant

Principal Cast
Tenzin Dolker, Jampa Kalsang

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