White Crane: Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
White Crane Films is Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam. They are an Indian-Tibetan wife-and-husband team, and have been making films since their student days in the San Francisco Bay Area in the early 80s. Since then they have shared a career that has spanned several documentaries, video installations and one dramatic feature film. Ritu was born in New Delhi. She studied at Miranda House in Delhi University and went on to finish her studies at California College of the Arts in Oakland. Tenzing was born in Darjeeling in India to Tibetan refugee parents. He studied at St Stephens College in Delhi University and then specialized in documentary filmmaking at the Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley. They have two children, Mila and Maya, and are currently based in New Delhi and Dharamshala.