‘Passport Photos’ Selected in 8 International Film Festivals

Tibet Film ‘Passport Photos’ Bags Official Selection in Eight International Film Festivals

Produced by Black Coffee Productions and Think Tibet productions ‘Passport Photos’ is a 15- minute documentary film that features a collection of conversations with young, suave and urban Tibetans with a shared name ‘Tenzin’. The film recognizes them by the prefix ‘Tenzin’. Set against the image backdrop of the Tibetan passport of Tsepon Wangchuk Deden Shakabpa which was discovered in Nepal in 2003, those involved, all Tenzins, engage in a friendly banter about their lives, aspirations, dreams and essentially, their experiences as an exile born and bred refugee.

The film ‘Passport Photos’ competed against 300 other short documentary films to avail its exclusive screenings at the International Film Festivals. Having completed its post-production work in 2010, the film was first premiered at the IBN Arabi Film Festival in Murcia, Spain on January 31, 2011. Following the rave reviews and critics’ thumps-up for this niche film, it was screened at seven other 2011 International Film Festivals; Vientianale International Film Festival, Laos, Dawson City International short Film Festival, Canada, MCM International Short Film Festival, Netherland, Outbox International Short Film Festival, Lebanon, Kimera International Film Festival, Italy, Australian Refugee Film Festival, Australia and I’ve seen Films International Film Festival, Italy.

The film explains through the prism of short interviews, that there is a generation of Tibetans raised in exile who have been given the name ‘Tenzin’ by the Dalai Lama; however the non-Tibetans often fail to see that ‘Tenzin’ is part of a name and that it’s only part of a story.

An online viewing of the film can be made available upon receiving an email request. Send your request to info@thinktibet.org

passport photos premiered at the Ibn Arabi Film Festival in Murcia, Spain on the 31st Of January 2011.

Camera, Editing, Music Directed by

Preetam Koilpillai Preetam Koilpillai in collaboration with

Jangchup Lingpa and Lobsang Thardoe

Produced by

Venkatesh Narayanaswamy