In the fall of 2011, Dharamsala, the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile, hosted the first filmmaking class of its kind for young Tibetan refugees. The film follows the Thupten, a promising film director who identifies as an orphan, and Loten, the cheerful subject of his short film. Along with Lobsang, a Tibetan monk who acts as cinematographer, the three young men enter their film, "In Orphan's Eye," in the Tibet Film Festival. What starts out as a simple story about an orphan missing his mother becomes a meditation on what it means to be a childless orphan in a foreign land, as well as a young Tibetan, displaced and alienated.
A documentary project, by Dan Q. Tham and Nicole Magabo, made possible by the Eric Lund Global Research and Reporting Grant.
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