Tibetans refer to their country as an 'ocean of music and dance'. As a consequence of Chinese rule, however, there are only a handful of musicians and music teachers left to pass the true sense of this expression on to the next generation.
The traditional Tibetan music performed in 'Tibet in Song' sings about family values and the beauty of the country. The film is not only about music, though. This documentary also shows the impact of fifty years of cultural oppression on Chinese-controlled Tibet. Director Ngawang Choephel tells a story of beauty, pain, atrocities and resilience to paint a raw and uncensored picture of Tibet that the world has never seen. Rare images of traditional Tibetan songs alternate with moving footage of the beginning of the Chinese invasion and a visual account of the Dalai Lama’s forced exile.