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A Stranger in My Native Land
95 Ratings


The poignant and personal account of Tenzing Sonam’s first-ever visit to his homeland, from the far reaches of Amdo Province, where Tibetans have lost their language, to Lhasa, the heart of the country.

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This deeply personal documentary from Tenzing Sonam traces the director’s first visit to his native Tibet and doubles as a visual essay on exile, the loss of language, and the complexity of national identities. Poetic and melancholic, the film is also bracingly confrontational in its politics.