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THE LAST DALAI LAMA? from filmmaker Mickey Lemle grants viewers intimate access to the Dalai Lama and those who have been touched by his vast influence from George W. Bush to the film’s accomplished composer, Philip Glass. The film will open at IFC Center in New York City on Friday, July 28.

THE LAST DALAI LAMA? takes a fresh look at what is truly important for the 14th Dalai Lama at 80: The ongoing confrontation between Tibetans and China; His Holiness’s influence in political and spiritual spheres; his work with educators and neuropsychologists; and his personal feelings on aging, dying and the question: Will there be a fifteenth Dalai Lama, or will he be the last Dalai Lama?

The film artfully weaves sequences from director Mickey Lemle’s groundbreaking film COMPASSION IN EXILE: The Story of The 14th Dalai Lama (1992), with contemporary footage including intimate interviews with His Holiness and follow up questions shot decades apart; accounts from The Dalai Lama’s family and close friends; and conversations with those he’s inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959.

The Dalai Lama’s impact on the West has grown over the 25 years since Lemle’s earlier film. In THE LAST DALAI LAMA? we see teachers in British Columbia incorporating “Emotional Intelligence” and non-violent conflict resolution in grade school classes, and neuropsychologists and behavioral therapists who have begun using cutting edge technology to research how to overcome negative afflictive emotions like anger and hatred.

Original music score composed and performed by Philip Glass and Tibetan music phenom, Tenzin Choegyal.

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