Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

The Last Dalai Lama?

2016, Mickey Lemle, USA, 82 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 13th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Oct 13th 8:30pm
  • Sat, Oct 14th 1:15pm
  • Sat, Oct 14th 5:30pm
  • Sun, Oct 15th 2:30pm
  • Mon, Oct 16th 6:00pm
  • Tue, Oct 17th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 19th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere! Mickey Lemle in person!

“Takes you right up close to the Tibetan holy one’s presence — and wisdom.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety

At the age of 81, Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama is seen as vibrant, intensely curious, and gently good-humored, even as he contemplates his own demise and the uncertain possibility of a successor under Tibet’s Chinese rule. Director Lemle, who profiled the Dalai Lama in his 1992 documentary COMPASSION IN EXILE, revisits the holy man for a series of wide-ranging and surprisingly intimate conversations, including a recap of his early negotiations with Mao, his escape from Tibet, and the persecution suffered by his family members and followers. The film covers the colorful ritual of the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday celebration in New York, and delves into the Buddhist leader’s longtime interest in brain function as it relates to human emotion and meditation. Music score composed and performed by Philip Glass and Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal. DCP digital. (BS)

Director Mickey Lemle is scheduled to appear for audience discussion on Friday 10/13 (8:30 PM), Saturday 10/14 (5:30 PM), and Sunday 10/15 (2:30 PM).

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