A Refugee's Tale
by Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche

"Memories of Lost and Hidden Lands"

At its heart, this documentary film is a story about Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche, a visionary lama forced into exile in 1959. As the reincarnation of the scribe who originally recorded the secret visions of the Fifth Dalai Lama in the seventeenth century, Rinpoche has devoted his life to the present Dalai Lama and the preservation of this rare lineage.

The film explores Rinpoche’s lives-long connections to successive Dalai Lamas and his relationship with his community. It is a journey over the last sixty years of Tibetan history and diaspora in India explored through Rimpoche's eyes and illustrated with footage from the Tibetan archives. Ultimately "Memories of Lost and Hidden Lands" examines the way one spiritual leader has coped with the pressures of working to preserve his culture in exile.

"Memories of Lost and Hidden Lands - A Refugee's Tale"
Produced & Directed by: Krzysztof Polinski
Length: 30min

"A small portion of Tibetan heritage remains in Lhasa but beyond that, most of the five or six thousand monasteries that once covered Tibet have been destroyed, leaving no physical reminders behind."
- Garje Khamtrul Rinpoche

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"When the wind whistles through the ruins of Khamshung Monastery, the light of its golden flower will glow abroad."
- Chimé Dorjé prophecy

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"Memories of Lost and Hidden Lands" documentary film is still in need of further funding. We offer opportunities for production companies as well as individuals to become a part of the film so please don't hesitate to contact us if you want to get involved.

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