What Remains of Us

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What Remains of Us
What Remains of Us.jpg
Directed by Hugo Latulippe
François Prévost
Produced by Yves Bisaillon
François Prévost
Written by Hugo Latulippe
François Prévost
Starring Kalsang Dolma
Dalai Lama
Cinematography Hugo Latulippe
François Prévost
Edited by Annie Jean
Nomadik Films
Distributed by National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Release date
  • 27 April 2004 (2004-04-27) (Hot Docs International Documentary Festival)
Running time
77 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

What Remains of Us (original title: Ce qu'il reste de nous) is a 2004 Canadian documentary film exploring the survival of the nonviolent resistance movement in Tibet. The documentary was shot over eight years without the knowledge of the Chinese authorities.


A young Tibetan from Québec, Canada, enters her homeland for the first time — carrying a clandestine video message from the Dalai Lama to Tibetans inside Tibet.


Released in 2004, the film raised controversy for showing the faces of 103 Tibetans speaking about human rights. Tibetans were informed of the purpose of the filming. The ones who appear made the choice to participate despite the risks.

Hoping to enhance individual safety as much as possible, the NFB implemented strict security measures to all screenings of the film: no cameras or cell phones were allowed in the theater and security guards were watching the audience with infrared night-vision equipment. The goal was to prevent copies of the images of the faces to reach Beijing PLA offices, where photos would make it easier to track and arrest participants.

According to co-director Francois Prevost, for four years circulation was limited, but in 2008 a decision was made to release the film more widely. By 2011, the film was available on Google Video and YouTube, as well as distributed as a DVD.

So far, according to a private network of information and monitoring, no participant of the film has been arrested in Tibet.


Produced by François Prévost, written and directed by François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe. Featuring: Kalsang Dolma, Tibetans from inside Tibet, and the XIVth Dalai Lama of Tibet. Narrated by Kalsang Dolma. Camera: François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe. Music by: Techung, René Lussier, Kalsang Dolma Editing: Annie Jean. Sound Editing: François Senneville

Distributed initially in Québec by the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). Later distributed in Canada by Films Séville. Despite the growing success of the film, worldwide distribution had been stopped by the NFB in January 2005 due to the rising costs of security measures surrounding the film.


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