The Sweet Requiem

"The  Sweet Requiem" directed and produced by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam of White Crane Films, 

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Film | 2017 | narrative feature | post-production | 90 minutes

Dolkar is a 25-year-old Tibetan woman living in Delhi. 15 years ago, she escaped from Tibet with her father, making a perilous trek across the Himalayas. Since then she has suppressed all recollection of that traumatic journey.

But when Dolkar unexpectedly encounters Gompo, the guide who led them from Tibet only to abandon them before they crossed the final pass to freedom, memories of her escape are reignited and she is propelled on an obsessive search for reconciliation and closure.

Following Gompo obsessively through the narrow alleys of Majnu ka Tila, the Tibetan refugee colony in North Delhi, she is sucked into his strange and solitary existence. Flashbacks of her desperate journey with a small group through a harsh and desolate Himalayan terrain punctuate Dolkar’s growing predicament in the present as Gompo turns out not to be who she always imagined him to be.

Caught up in a web of political intrigue that is much larger than her personal quest, Dolkar must now reconcile Gompo’s act of treachery that has haunted her all her life with the life-or-death situation he now faces.

The two stories moving in tandem, one inexorably forwards in the present, the other unexpectedly backwards in time, both determined by a series of fateful choices, reaches its conclusion as Dolkar and Gompo finally confront each other and the source of Dolkar’s long-buried anguish is revealed.