Filmed in the Indian Himalayas and in Canada, A Song for Tibet tells the dramatic story of the efforts by Tibetans in exile, including the Dalai Lama, to save their homeland and preserve their heritage against overwhelming odds. Since the invasion of their territory by China in the late 1950s, Tibetans have been struggling for cultural and political survival.
Ages 14 to 17
Ethics and Religious Culture - Religious Diversity/Heritage
History - Canada 1946-1991
History - World History
Start by examining issues related to the following key words: Tibet, exile, Dalai Lama, Buddhism, genocide. Point out the many changes that took place in Tibet in 1959 after Chinese occupation. Discuss the consequences of the ensuing Tibetan exile to India and Canada. Talk about the Dalai Lama’s visit to Ottawa in 1991, the message he delivered to Tibetans in exile, and the lack of support from the Canadian government.