The Tibetan community in Boston has steadily grown since the Tibetan Resettlement Project was launched in 1986. This film shows the struggle of Tibetans, through the eyes of Dhiki Palmo Cheshatsang, owner of Rangzen Tibetan Place, and others, as they fight for the survival of their culture, language, and community.
In this studio we made a documentary about the growing Tibetan community in Boston. When meeting with Rangzen Tibetan Place owner, Dhiki Palmo Chestatsang, about the history of her restaurant in Central Square, we learned about this fast growing community in our city that we had never known about prior to this project. After learning about this amazing community we became completely enveloped in this concept and had to report what we were learning through this documentary.
Through this project we learned extensively about the political conflicts the Tibetan government has had with the Chinese government, the Tibetan Resettlement Project, and how all of these have affected various people in the Boston community. Many of the people we interviewed for this project, including Dhiki, were Tibetan refugees living in India before they came to the United States. This caused them to always feel like outsiders in their own countries. The heart of this entire issue lies within the fact that most people aren't aware that there is even a conflict in Tibet, causing all of Tibetan culture to disintegrate.
The Tibetan Resettlement Project, which brought hundreds of Tibetan families to the United States, has been the closest to a solution to this issue that we've seen thus far. With these families living in a free country, they now have freedoms that they didn't have in Tibet, but are still prone to losing their native culture. The Tibetan Association of Boston gathers every Wednesday evening in Harvard Square from 6:00-8:00 PM. They rally to sing traditional chants, wave flags, and peacefully allow people to see a little bit of Tibetan culture and what that means to them. This documentary exhibits how prominent the Tibetan community has become in Boston and what the members of this community are doing to ensure that the world knows that Tibet exists.