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Forced to seek refuge in India and still viewed by China as a threat to national security, the Dalai Lama had never returned to Lhasa. For 50 years, he had been prevented from crossing the mountains separating him prom his homeland. For 50 years, he had not spoken directly to Tibetans inside the country.

Kalsang Dolma, a young Tibetan refugee in Quebec, crosses the Himalayas. Into the largest prison in the world, she carries a video message recorded by the spiritual and political leader of Tibetans. Families gather around the tiny screen, transfixed, and for one of the first times, the voices of this fragile people under the yoke of suffering reach us from across the distance.

This film was shot without the knowledge of the Chinese authorities, using small digital cameras, during nearly a dozen secret forays into Tibet between 1996 and 2004.

2004, 76 min 37 s

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Annie Jean: Best Editing: Public Affairs, Documentary- Program
Prix Gémeaux
September 20 2009, Montréal - Canada

François Prévost - Best Script: Documentary
Prix Gémeaux
September 20 2009, Montréal - Canada

Award for Best of Festival
Mountain Film Festival
May 27 to 30 2005, Telluride - USA

Award from l'Association Québécoise des Critiques de cinéma for Best Feature Film
Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois
February 17 to 27 2005, Montréal - Canada

One of the Top 10 Canadian Films of 2004
Canada's Top 10 - International Film Festival Group
December 14 2004, Toronto - Canada

Award for Best Documentary
Hollywood Film Festival
October 12 to 18 2004, Beverly Hills - USA

Federal Express Award for Most Popular Canadian Film - ex-aequo with BEING CARIBOU
International Film Festival
September 23 to October 8 2004, Vancouver - Canada

Best Canadian Feature Film Award
Atlantic Film Festival
September 17 to 25 2004, Halifax - Canada

People's Choice Award
Atlantic Film Festival
September 17 to 25 2004, Halifax - Canada