Educated in Exile is a feature-length documentary that explores the lives of the Tibetan children growing up in exile in Dharamsala, India, the home of their spiritual leader, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Over 2,000 young people live in the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala. Many of these children hiked across the Himalayan mountains, leaving their families behind in Chinese occupied Tibet, forbidden from returning to their country. They each made this epic journey for the simple freedom of being educated in their own language, in the history of Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism, and to be near the exiled Dalai Lama. Other children at the TCV are members of a new generation of Tibetans born in India but not Indian citizens, second generation refugees, children who will never be able to see their cultural and spiritual homeland.
The Tibetan Children’s Village is a school for these children of Tibetan diaspora. It is run by fellow Tibetans, some of whom attended the TCV, graduated and returned to serve their community (in accordance with the school's mantra, “Come to Learn, Go to serve!”). The school upholds and demonstrates the pillars of the Tibetan Buddhist practice while also giving its students the tools to succeed in the modern worlds of India and the West. Operating entirely on donations, the TCV is an embodiment of love, compassion and community.
In the face of unbelievable hardship the Tibetan community in exile has managed to create a uniquely Tibetan home and school for the children of diaspora. Educated in Exile explores the tragedy of the state of contemporary Tibet, the harrowing journeys Tibetan children must take, and the fight to maintain Tibetan culture outside of Chinese Occupied Tibet. It aims to display the undying hope and love that the students and teachers at the TCV demonstrate on a daily basis. They are inspiring, and this film hopes to share that feeling with a wider audience.