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Never Forget Tibet

Completed (2022)

Featuring exclusive access to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Never Forget Tibet is narrated by Golden Globe Nominee Hugh Bonneville, (Downton Abbey, Paddington, Notting Hill).  

With an original score provided by Grammy nominated artist Anouska Shankar, this unique and poetic documentary brings the Dalai Lama’s message of kindness and compassion to new worldwide audiences. Inspired by the book “An Officer and His Holiness” by Rani Singh, the film details the Dalai Lama’s daring escape from the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1959 and is told on film for the first time in his own words with the late Har Mander Singh, the Indian Political Officer who led him to the plains of India safely. Remarkably, this is the first and only time both men have spoken on film together about the historic escape.

Featuring intimate interviews with the Dalai Lama, members of his family, the former President of the Tibetan Government in Exile and those with historic ties to Tibet, the film represents how the culture and spirituality of Tibet came to the West. 

The film features rare archival photographs taken by Austrian explorer Heinrich Harrer, who became a confidant and informal tutor to the teenage Dalai Lama. Harrer’s true-life chronicle, Seven Years In Tibet, first published in 1952, was translated into fifty-three languages and sold more than three million copies worldwide, ultimately being made into the hit film starring Brad Pitt as Harrer. Also included in the film are the Top Secret letters written between the Dalai Lama, India’s PM Nehru and British PM Macmillan at the time of the escape.
"Most of the problems in the world are a result of past centuries thinking. What we need today is to consider the wellbeing of all 7 billion people on the planet and to cultivate a sense of oneness of all beings together.” 

(His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, in the film Never Forget Tibet.)


Director: Jean-Paul Mertinez


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