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Documentary: "I AM TIBET" - Dolma, Invisible Women In Quest of Herself

April 28, 2009

Nyen-Gyud Samten Choe-Ling Blog
April 25, 2009

Shot in cinéma-vérité style for 6 months at a
dozen refugee camps: Freedom is the raison d’être
of Tibetans who, for thousands of years, have
been nomads roaming with herds of yaks on the
roof of the world, a plateau as vast as Europe.

Fifty years after the invasion by communist
China, a new generation of Tibetans born in exile
in India have not forgotten a Tibet they have never seen.

They are united around the Dalai Lama but also
busy surviving the harsh environment of India in
settlements too crippled by unemployment and
diseases to efficiently fight China. Thru waves
of joy and sorrow, they prepare their youth to
preserve a culture on the decline.

The world of spirits and wrathful deities is
engaged in fiery battles as everything must pass
on the earth plane. Tibetans live and die in
non-violence knowing Tibet must be freed against
all odds. Dolma, an invisible woman in quest of
herself in a troubled world, voices her
frustration as our witness in this poignant
documentary shot in a dozen refugee camps:

"The echo of the conches, the danyen, the
kangdung, the damaru, invite me to a distant
world where celestial dakinis take me by the
hand. As I dive relentlessly in delight, the
wrathful deities sail on stormy clouds around us.
I am Tara, painting with sand a treasure map.
Thru the web of conflicts, I hear cries agonizing
for freedom, faceless, nameless, their mind out
of tune, their memory stolen. We don’t need your
sorrows, a million times too late. My sisters are
sold as whores, orphans beg around the Barkhor in
the streets of Lhasa. We never had beggars in
Tibet before. My civilization is sinking into
destruction, Tibet is now a land of darkness
draped in misery. The blood of slaughtered
Tibetan nuns runs thru my veins. Tara descends
her throne, fierce goddess on a carpet of sweet
blossom fragrance, the hail dropping light drums
on the rain washed leaves, chimes carried away by
pregnant clouds, Tara, Beloved Queen, commands
the element of nature to protect the forbidden
land. Effortless being, Arya Tara is Dolma, the cosmic mother of liberation."
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