Private Project

A place n the Sun - stories from Tibet in exile.

More than five decades have passed since the Dalai Lama and thousands of Tibetans escaped into exile following the occupation of Tibet by China in 1959. A de facto government in exile was set up immediately after the Tibetans arrived in India. Now sixty years later, the Tibet issue still remains unsolved and the exile government, based in Dharamsala is referred to as the Central Tibetan Administration which functions as a democratic institution with its own elected leaders and representatives. A place in the sun explores the experiences and aspirations of four Tibetan refugees of different generations who serve this symbol of a government of a country that is no longer recognized. With over 150,000 Tibetan exiles spread across the world, the Central Tibetan Administration, aspires to keep the dream of solving the Tibet issue, afloat.

  • Sonam Tseten
    Pawo (2016)
  • Bhuchung D. Sonam
  • Tenzin Tsetan Choklay
    Bringing Tibet Home, Elif's Seolitude, Tell Tale, History of Momos
  • Tenzin Nawang
    Key Cast
  • Samten Dhondup
    Key Cast
  • Thupten Samphel
    Key Cast
  • Bawa Kalsang Gyaltsen
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    46 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    50,000 USD
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  • Country of Filming:
    Australia, India
  • Language:
    English, Tibetan
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital HD
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Director Biography - Sonam Tseten

Sonam Tseten is a Tibetan filmmaker based in Dharamsala, India. Born in Tibet Sonam went into exile as a young kid and grew up in India among the Tibetan refugee community. Sonam has made several mid-length and feature length films including Tsampa to Pizza, Girl From China and most recently Pawo co-directed with German filmmaker Marvin Litwak. His films mostly deal with the stories of separation, reunion and exilic experiences.

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