Saturday, May 20, 2017 6:30pm

THE LAST DALAI LAMA? takes a fresh look at what is important for the 14th Dalai Lama at 80:  The historic confrontation between Tibet and China; his influence in political, spiritual, and educational spheres; work with neuroscientists; and his personal feelings on aging, dying and whether he will be the last  Dalai Lama. The film artfully weaves archival and contemporary footage from Lemle’s groundbreaking COMPASSION IN EXILE: The Story of The 14th Dalai Lama (1991); intimate interviews with His Holiness, shot 25 years apart; and interviews with his family and the Westerners he’s inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959. The film is enhanced by a beautiful original music score composed and performed by Philip Glass and Tibetan musician, Tenzin Choegyal.  


Audience Award, Maui Film Festival

Audience Award, Mill Valley Film Festival

Woodstock Film Festival 

Dharamsala International Film Festival

Cleveland International Film Festival

International Buddhist Film Festival



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Mickey Lemle

Producer/Director Mickey Lemle’s films have been shown theatrically, on television and at film festivals around the world. His documentaries include: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOON, OUR PLANET EARTH, COMPASSION IN EXILE: The Story of The 14th Dalai Lama, HASTEN SLOWLY: The Journey of Sir Laurens Van Der Post, RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE, and THE LAST DALAI LAMA? In 1992, Lemle directed COMPASSION IN EXILE: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama (PBS), which received numerous awards, including two Emmy nominations. Lemle’s RAM DASS FIERCE GRACE, was named one of the five best non-fiction films of 2002 by Newsweek Magazine.