Seventh Art Gets Tibetan Doc, "What Remains of Us"
by Eugene Hernandez
Seventh Art Releasing has acquired François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe's "What Remains of Us." The doc is the story of a young Tibetan refugee who carries a videotaped message from the Dalai Lama to the Tibetan people, allowing her to reconnect with her family. It screened at Hot Docs, Cannes, and last month won the audience award and the prize for best Canadian feature at the Atlantic Film Festival.
The doc will have its U.S. premiere at the Hollywood Film Festival this month and is expected to open in theaters early next year. Seventh Art's Udy Epstein first saw the film at Hot Docs and closed the deal with Heather Wyer and Christina Rogers of the National Film Board of Canada.
"What Remains of Us," which was shot by Kalsang Dolma between 1996 and 2004 without the awareness of Chinese authorities, is described as taking "viewers to the heart of the tragedy that has consumed Tibetan society for over half a century."
In a statement announcing the pact, Seventh Art offered, "The directors desire to speak out against the dehumanization of the world fueled their passion for making the film." The company further said, "In Kalsang's own words, she has brought a message of hope for Tibetans, a way of telling them that outside Tibet, there are people who are thinking of them."