Project Background

TEAM TIBET – Home away from Home is the culmination of more than twenty-two years of research and filming. Thanks to seed-funding assistance from the Hartley Film Foundation, and generous support from numerous friends and colleagues around the world, this epic feature-length documentary has come to fruition.

The idea for the film was first seeded by Tenzin Atisha la, former head of the Environment and Development Desk, Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India in 1994.   At the time Director Robin Greenberg was volunteering for the Tibetan Department of Health, assisting with the development of a series of health education videos in Tibetan language.

Over the years TEAM TIBET – Home away from Home gradually evolved to focus on the extraordinary life of New Zealand’s first Tibetan, Mr. Thuten Kesang QSM, through which the larger story of Tibet issues are reflected and explored.   The film delves into universal themes such as migration, cultural preservation, interconnectedness of the environment and the spirit of nonviolent conflict resolution.

It is Greenberg’s sincere hope that TEAM TIBET – Home away from Home may draw in new audiences and contribute to building bridges of increased awareness and mutual understanding across cultures, and enhanced dialogue for the future.

Robin credits her long-time mentor photojournalist Marcia Keegan for an intimate introduction to all things Tibetan since 1986.   Thanks to their mutual friend Losang Samten la, Robin was invited to document the first visit of the Dalai Lama to Philadelphia in 1990 — which then opened a door to travel to Dharamasala as videographer for a scientific research project based at Namgyal Monastery, the personal monastery of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in exile.

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Robin & Thuten la, Auckland

TEAM TIBET is dedicated to the memory of Marcia Keegan.  Marica and her husband Harmon Houghton’s unwavering encouragement for Robin to complete this labor-of-love film will never be forgotten. http://www.knowingfoundation.org/marcia-keegan-biography/ http://www.marciakeegan.com

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Marcia Keegan, Santa Fe

[* NOTE:  In the event of any future profits from the documentary, 50% will be donated to the charities of Thuten’s wish.]

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