Summary - My Reminiscences: Prisoner of conscience
Lhamo Kyab, with SFT India and Loma Films
India 2011 | Documentary | 28 mins | Tibetan with English subtitles
The film recalls three years of inhumane treatment experienced by a Tibetan ex-political prisoner in a Chinese prison, and speaks about the suffering of his fellow prisoners.
Lhamo Kyab was born in 1978 to a nomadic family in Chunkama, in the Amdo region of Tibet. His parents had told him that the Chinese government forced the Dalai Lama to go into exile, and the tragedies that followed after Chinese occupation of his country. Although Lhamo was young, he could feel the pain of Tibet.
As he was growing up, his dream to see the Dalai Lama always remained in his heart. That was the common dream of all the Tibetans in his area. He managed to journey from Tibet to India in 2003. As the Dalai Lama emphasised that every Tibetan must take responsibility for ones own country, he wanted to work for his cause.
In 2006, after attending the Kalachakra initiation at Amravati in South India, he decided to return to Tibet with Tibetan flags to raise awareness on the Tibetan issue among the younger generation Tibetans. After arriving in Lhasa in March of that year, he realised that he was being followed by Chinese police. To avoid arrest, he went to Amdo, but returned to Lhasa soon after.
Then, on 13 May 2006, Lhamo Kyab was arrested by Chinese police for attempting to fly the banned Tibetan national flag. Authorities interrogated him and asked him if he was sent by the Security department of the Central Tibetan Administration in India, and if he had met the Dalai Lama before coming to Tibet. The interrogation was followed by torture, which caused irreparable damage to his ears, arms, and lung.
Lhamo was sentenced to three years in prison. He was released from Chushul prison near Lhasa on 12 May 2009. He decided to go to India again to tell the world what is happening with Tibetans in Tibet, and particularly about the suffering of prisoners in Tibet. Later that year he arrived in McLeod Ganj, India, the capital of the Tibetan Diaspora, and continues to work for the Tibetan freedom struggle.