Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1949/50 there was no peace and the political situation was deteriorating.
“Don’t come back until you are helpful to others”. With these words of his master in his mind, a teenage monk left Tibet in 1958 with the dream of soon returning to his homeland.
‘Getza – Helping Others’ recounts this incredible Odyssey – from monastery to guerrilla, of diplomacy and politics – that led to the creation of Tibet Foundation, a British charity supporting the Tibetan people. Including interviews with people from all over the world and rare archive footage, some never seen before, this documentary film tells a story of the Foundation and a tribute to all those who have participated, contributed and helped the work to become a great success story.
In 2021, Tibet Foundation came to an end. And after living in exile for more than six decades, the young monk’s dream of returning to his homeland is still to be realised. In the hearts of the Tibetan people the dream of freedom lives on.
Dr Phuntsog Wangyal, Founding Trustee of Tibet Foundation, is a former Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama based at The Office of Tibet in London and a former Member of the Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies in India (Tibetan Parliament in Exile). In July 2009 he was awarded the ‘Friendship Medal’ by the Mongolian government, in recognition of efforts to restore the traditional culture and heritage of Mongolia.
In 2014, Phuntsog Wangyal was awarded an Honorary Doctorate degree by the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), University of London where he is a Honorary Fellow.
Tibet Getza Film: www. tibetgetza.com
Tibet Foundation – www.tibet-foundation.org
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