Never Forget Tibet

  • Directed by:Jean-Paul Mertinez
  • Produced by:Jean-Paul Mertinez
  • Production Company:Illumina Studios & Media, Compassionate Films, Templeheart Films
  • Cast:Dalai Lama, Hugh Bonneville
  • Locations:India, USA, UK
  • Status:Released
  • Release Date:31-03-2022

Sixty years after "China’s Most Wanted Man" escaped from occupied Tibet, this powerful documentary film follows The Dalai Lama as he returns to the Tibetan borderlands for the first time to retrace his remarkable journey and escape into exile in 1959. One of the most significant moments of 20th Century history, this is the secret story of the Dalai Lama’s journey into exile, told through exclusive access to the Dalai Lama and the previously unknown private diary of the Indian high official who led him to safety, Har Mandar Singh.

The deep emotional and spiritual experience of the Indian Official, gained from spending three weeks together with the Dalai Lama is uncovered by Har Mandar Singh’s niece, journalist and ex-Eastenders soap star Rani Singh, as she retraces their epic 3-week journey of 1959. Along with the Dalai Lama, she revisits the Tibetan Border in the high Himalayan mountains and travels through ‘Tawang’, the 2nd Largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the world traveling over the ‘Se La Pass’ to Har Mandar Singh’s house in Bomdila where he hosted the Dalai Lama all those years ago. This culturally significant story offers insights into the importance of our shared worldwide humanity and reveals the incredible details of the Dalai Lama’s escape into exile. Remarkably, this is the first time that the story will have ever been told on film! Narrated by Hugh Bonneville and with music by Anoushka Shankar.