Synopsis by Mark Deming
Kalsang Dolma is a woman whose parents were born in Tibet; however, she was raised in India and Canada after her mother and father fled their native land in the wake of an oppressive occupation by Chinese forces. Dolma, however, has long been curious about the land of her ancestors, and after seeing a short film in which the Dalai Lama discusses the positive impact of nonviolent protest in the effort to free Tibet from Chinese rule, she wanted to see how Tibetans would react to it. Accompanied by documentary filmmakers François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe, Dolma went to Tibet with a portable DVD player and a digital copy of the film, and in Ce Qu'Il Reste de Nous (aka What Remains of Us), she shows the Buddhist leader's eloquent message to everyone from Buddhist priests to teenage passersby, recording their reactions as well as their feelings about Tibet's future and whether freedom can be achieved through nonviolent means. Ce Qu'Il Reste de Nous was screened as part of the "Critics Week" series at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
border [geographic], Buddhism, Canada, China, cultural-identity, cultural-traditions, Dalai Lama, genocide, hidden-camera, immigrant, indifference, investigation, journey, message, perseverance, testimonials, Tibet, totalitarianism, video-tape