Director: Tian Tsering
PRESENTED by Hastings Triratna Buddhist Group

A film about the price of freedom and who pays for it, told through the eyes of a teenage girl.

Shot entirely on location in the Himalayas with a non-professional cast, and made by filmmakers determined to give a voice to the oppressed of Tibet through a universal story about the love of parents for their children.

A great sense of silence and majesty emerge from the Spiti Valley high in India’s Himalayas, the towering rock faces enveloped in a gentle ivory light.

Sixteen-year-old Pema lives in the remote mountains of Tibet. For generations, her family has farmed their barley fields in peace. But when Pema’s father is taken away by the authorities, her world is shattered.
A Buddhist nun from the local nunnery walks into Pema’s life and invites her to join a group of locals escaping persecution by walking over the Himalayas, into India. Pema is torn: can she leave her mother, grandmother and younger siblings at this time of crisis? Has she the right, or the courage, to join her friend and seek a new life for herself? As Pema struggles with her dilemma, there is no news about her imprisoned father. The clock is ticking, for everyone.