good bye, tibet

this is the story of a mountain pass at nearly 6,000 meters on the border between tibet and nepal told by the award winning director maria blumencron. for thousands of tibetan refugees it has been the gateway to freedom, for many others it has been a fatal gauntlet. It is the life story of kelsang jigme, a legend among guides who help refugees escape over the pass. it is the story of six children sent by their parents into exile across the highest mountain range in the world, and of their parents who had to stay back in tibet. it is the story of five youths who risk their lives for a better future, and of three young nuns who as children fled over the pass but are now returning to their families in tibet because the homesickness has become insufferable. it is a story of betrayal, imprisonment and torture and the allegory of a love that knows no borders. finally, it is the story of a family of kindred spirits formed over the years by all of the protagonists: the children, their mothers, the guides and the filmmaker herself. ten years of destiny reflect the dreams, strength and hope of a people that has never before been so threatened by its own demise. the current uprising of monks and young tibetans shows, after a half century of brutal repression of its people, of shameless economic exploitation of its land, of lies, re-education, restrictions and cultural genocide at the hands of the Chinese, that the memory of a once independent and free tibet has not been forgotten.

director maria blumencron

camera roland wagner

production company kick-film

category documentary cinema

locations india, nepal

length 90 min.

zdf, arte




grand prix, XV int. mountain film festival cervino 2012

grand prix, 23rd int. mountain & adventure film festival graz 2011


festival screenings

this human world 2011

int. mountain & adventure filmfestival graz 2011

documentary film festival munich 2011

int. film festival sao paulo 2010