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WHAT REMAINS OF US (CE QU'IL RESTE DE NOUS)
OFFICIAL SELECTION Cannes Film Fest
½ "There have been many impressive documentaries on Tibet and the plight of its people, but none like François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe's What Remains of Us" -Chicago Tribune
"Simple but effective" -NewCity Chicago
Forced to seek refuge in India and still viewed by China as a threat to national security, the Dalai Lama has never returned to Lhasa. Over the years since the 1950 invasion by Mao's army, the spiritual leader had not spoken directly to Tibetans still living inside the country. In 1996 Kalsang Dolma, a young Tibetan refugee in Quebec, crossed the Himalayas for the first time, smuggling a videotaped message from the Dalai Lama. While there, and over the course of several subsequent trips, she records an array of emotional responses ranging from reverence and hope to despair and cynicism. Dolma also travels to New York where she finds 50 years of pleas for assistance and messages advocating non-violence, all safely stored in the UN archives. Shot without the knowledge of the Chinese authorities, using small digital cameras, this moving documentary allows us to see and hear what remains of the Tibetan people after 50 years of occupation. Co-directors François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe have carefully inverted locations and landmarks in order to preserve the safety of those who agreed to speak. "If the Tibetan nation dissolves forever, assimilated by a vastly greater economic and military power, what message are we, as human beings, passing on to future generations?" (François Prévost).
Directed by François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe, Canada, 2004, BetaSP, 77 mins. In English, Tibetan and French with English subtitles.