USA | 2016 | 84 mins | English | Indian Premiere | Director Attending
Mickey Lemle’s new documentary takes an intimate look at the 14th Dalai Lama’s main preoccupations at the age of 80, including his influence in political and spiritual spheres, China’s continuing occupation of Tibet, his work with neuroscientists, his personal feelings on ageing and dying, and the question of whether he will be the last Dalai Lama. The film artfully weaves together archive and contemporary footage from the director’s 1991 film Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama with present-day talks with His Holiness. It also features interviews with his family and teachers in India, and friends and scientists he’s inspired across the world. The humour, wisdom and compassion shown by the spiritual leader are enhanced by an original score composed and performed by Philip Glass and Tenzin Choegyal.
Producer and director Mickey Lemle holds a BA from Brandeis University, Boston, US. His documentary features and television series include the eight-part Media Probes (1982), The Other Side of the Moon (1990), Ram Dass, Fierce Grace (2001) and Hasten Slowly: The Journey of Sir Laurens Van Der Post. Since 1992, Mickey has been Chairman of the Board of the Tibet Fund. “The first question I asked His Holiness is if he had a spiritual will,” he says of the making of his latest film, “and he said no … The movies and the recordings of his actions and his thoughts are really what he’s counting on to be his spiritual will. Then I asked him, ‘Is this movie that we’re making a part of your spiritual will?’ and he said, ‘Yes, it is.’ And that made me feel like this is quite a responsibility.”