Daughter of the Light

In Tibet, divorce is becoming a social problem. As new wave of IT such as dating on smart phones is sweeping through the area, traditional life starts to collapse. Especially the phenomenon of parents abandoning her children for remarriage is prevalent.

Although 13-year-old Metok-karpo lives in a boardingschool for orphans, her divorced parents are alive and well, leaving her to be raised by her maternal grandparents, who make her school-holidays hell by continually denouncing her father. While her mother  unsuccessfully remarries, Metok embarks on a journey to find her father in her native grassland. Discovering his happy life with a new family, she is troubled by complex feelings she can only express through her imaginative drawings.

  • Khashem Gyal
  • Herbert Hunger
  • Miyuki Matsuo
  • Rinchen Dorje
  • Takeshi Sano
  • Pema Tseden
  • Mika Kawada
  • Gernot Fuhrmann
  • Lhadruk Tserang
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    Human Interest, Social Issue
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 40 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    150,000 USD
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Distribution Information
  • IMPLEO Inc.
    Country: Japan
Director Biography

KHASHEM Gyal is a filmmaker from Amdo region of Tibet and who tells the stories of individual struggles in the midst of social change in Tibet. His first short documentary, Valley of the Heroes, depicting the complex linguistic and cultural transition in Tibet has screened at many film festivals and universities around the world. Khashem’s first feature, Daughter of the Light, has received the “Colors of Asia Award” at the 2017 Tokyo Docs Pitching Forum. In 2018, he was nominated for the Adeste Gold Medal, which recognizes global citizens under 40 who have "excelled beyond their limits in inspiring others to ‘touch the stars’.” 

Valley of the Heroes, 2013, 53 min.
Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor

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Director Statement

Since end of 2016 my team and I have been working on this story that intimately explores the deep inner world of a girl who was abandoned by her parents at an early age. This left a shadow in her heart as she grew up. Every day, she is trying to overcome her pain by finding adventure in her daily life and striving to seize her own destiny.

The film’s stories of inner shadows and the obstacles between the daughter and parents surely could be found in similar form in everywhere around the world. I hope this film – a journey of exploring the human heart – will transcend cultural and geographic boundaries to bring hope and reflection to those children who have problematic relationships with their parents, as well as to parents or those who want to be parents one day.

We title the film Daughter of the Light, referring to Tibetan children who live on the plateau, a place closest to the sun on earth, and in the hope that they will have a bright future.