Tashi Writes a Letter

1964 India , 25 minutes

English with Czech subtitles

The films of the Tibetan film archive evening courtesy of Tibet Film Archive, New York.

An intimate look at early Tibetan exile life in Darjeeling, India. The film portrays the young Kambu family as they journey into exile. The Kambus' live in a community of 60 exile Tibetan families who fashion living quarters by separating sections between the trestles that run under a major road in the city. The family is introduced to the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center at Hillside. Caretaker Nancy Thondup, wife to the older brother of His Holiness the Dalai Lama introduces work, health, and care into the lives of the Kambu family. The film features early footage of wool production, carpet making, wood cutting, and educating both in academic and cultural values within a Tibetan ideological framework.

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