After the death of his father, young Dorjee realizes what it means to be Tibetan in his own country, which is now called China. During the Tibetan uprising in 2008, Dorjee is caught by the Chinese police and spends 6 months in prison. After his release, he has no choice but to leave his family and go into exile to India on a long and dangerous track. There he has to decide between a new life outside his home country or the ongoing fight for freedom in Tibet. PAWO (Tibetan “Hero”) is based on a true story.
Read a review of the film on Tibetan Review.
Screening to be followed by Q&A with Dharamshala based filmmaker Sonam Tseten.
Sonam Tseten is a Tibetan filmmaker based in Dharamshala, India. Born in Tibet Sonam went into exile as a young kid and grew up in India among the Tibetan refugee community. Sonam has made several mid-length and feature length films including Tsampa to Pizza, Girl From China and most recently Pawo co-directed with German filmmaker Marvin Litwak. His films mostly deal with the stories of separation, reunion and exilic experiences.