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Articles by Tenzing Sonam


Tenzing Sonam is a pioneer of the diaspora Tibetan filmmaking world. He runs a production company called White Crane Films with his wife Ritu Sarin. The couple has made many successful films including a narrative feature, Dreaming Lhasa. Their latest film, The Sun behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom, has screened at many international film festivals and is the winner of the prestigious Vaclav Havel Award.

Why Lukar Jam Atsok is important for Tibetan democracy
Friday, Sep 18, 2015 – 9:21 pm | No Comment
Why Lukar Jam Atsok is important for Tibetan democracy


For the sake of honouring the Snowland
And to win Tibet’s complete independence
Based on the manifold truth
Raise the Tibetan flag, children of the Snowland!
Think about Lolo. Brave, gentle, patriotic Lolo. Languishing in a Chinese prison, serving …

Rethinking the Tibet movement
Sunday, May 19, 2013 – 5:23 am | 5 Comments
Rethinking the Tibet movement

As I write this, two events have taken place that once again demonstrate just how intractable the Tibet issue is and how any attempt to unravel it must address its root causes. On 13 February …

The Search
Some Thoughts on Pema Tseden’s new film
Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010 – 6:04 am | 2 Comments
The Search

Tibetan filmmaker Pema Tseden’s new film is a thought-provoking, cinematic look at the changing face of modern Tibet.
As a Tibetan filmmaker working in China, Pema Tseden has to tread a very fine line. Whether he …

Meeting Vaclav Havel
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010 – 9:52 pm | No Comment
Meeting Vaclav Havel

We left Prague yesterday. The previous evening was the Closing Night ceremony of the One World Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and a most memorable one for us. Not only did we receive …

Middle Way or bust
Is it time for a ‘Baltic solution’?
Thursday, May 8, 2008 – 6:39 pm | No Comment
Middle Way or bust

The year 2008, for many reasons, is likely to go down in the annals of recent Tibetan history as a watershed year. This was the year when Tibetans in Tibet, 49 years after the takeover …

China’s India PR guy
Saturday, Sep 1, 2007 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
China’s India PR guy

In the early days of the Russian Revolution, starry-eyed Western sympathisers made a beeline for Moscow to report on the glories of the ‘Soviet paradise’. Lenin memorably referred to them as ‘useful idiots’, and exploited …

Until the last Tibetan
Sunday, Apr 1, 2007 – 7:27 pm | No Comment

The Tibet movement has stalled, partially because there is little understanding of how it will continue after the Dalai Lama’s passing. While those who disagree with the Middle Way approach are not necessarily looking to …

Roadblock on the Middle Path
Friday, Dec 1, 2006 – 7:14 pm | No Comment

The Chinese attacks on the Dalai Lama in recent months have been of an intensity and viciousness not seen for years. Among a host of accusations, he has been called a “false religious leader” and …