Team Tibet tells the story of Thuten Kesang, who came to New Zealand in 1967, exiled from his Tibetan homeland, his family and his culture. Kesang was Aotearoa’s first Tibetan refugee. Filmed over 22 years by globetrotting filmmaker Robin Greenberg (Return of the Free China Junk), Kesang recounts his story, from his parents’ arrest in the wake of the 1959 uprising, to his advocacy for Tibetan environmental and political issues. He has become a point of contact for the global Tibetan community. The documentary was set to premiere at the 2017 NZ International Film Festival.
He lost his country, his parents and his language, but not what it means to be Tibetan and to remain open-hearted.– Director Robin Greenberg on Thuten Kesang
World premiere at Auckland's Academy Cinema on 22 July 2017, as part of the 2017 NZ International Film Festival
Followed by further NZ Film Festival screenings
Features music by James Kimo West, Tenzin Choegyal, Nawang Khechog, Yungchen Lhamo, Tenzin Tsewang and The Singh Brothers