TEAM TIBET: Home away from Home 2017

Directed by Robin Greenberg Aotearoa

Thuten Kesang, New Zealand’s first Tibetan refugee in 1967, recounts his fascinating and inspiring story and the environmental and political issues that have made him a tireless advocate of the Tibetan cause.

Jul 22
Sold Out

Academy Cinema

Jul 23

Academy Cinema

New Zealand In English and Tibetan with English subtitles
160 minutes DCP
E

Director/Producer

Photography

Waka Attewell
,
Costa Botes
,
John Chrisstoffels
,
Ruth Korver
,
Chris Li
,
Lobsang Tsultrim Jeshong
,
Choyang Tharchin
,
Karma Wangchuk

Editor

Peter Metcalf

Music

James Kimo West
,
Tenzin Choegyal
,
Nawang Khechog
,
Yungchen Lhamo
,
Tenzin Tsewang
,
the Singh Brothers

With

Thuten Kesang
,
Tenzin Atisha
,
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
,
Bhuchung Tsering
,
Trisur Tenzin Tethong

World Premiere

Robin Greenberg will be in attendance for a Q+A following both screenings.

Filmed over a period of 22 years by Wellington filmmaker Robin Greenberg (Huloo, Return of the Free China Junk), TEAM TIBET provides a thorough and inspiring account of Tibetan culture in exile through the experience and advocacy of the delightful Thuten Kesang, New Zealand’s first Tibetan refugee. Having run away from the monastery as a child, he was sent by his father to school in India in 1954, where he was raised by Scottish Presbyterians. Unable to return to Tibet after his parents were arrested in the wake of the 1959 uprising, he’s been a fully committed Kiwi since 1967, without ever losing his defining Tibetan identity.

Charismatic and funny, he’s a marvellous storyteller, whether recounting his own personal history or outlining the environmental and political implications of China’s occupation of its ‘Western Treasure House’, where the siblings he can never visit still live. A vital point of contact for the international exile community, as the Dalai Lama himself is happy to testify, he’s been a tireless advocate too for multicultural visibility in Auckland. Greenberg summons up a multitude of admirers, leaving us in no doubt at all that her film is a labour of love, richly deserved.