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The Last Dalai Lama? (2016)

A portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, featuring interviews with his family and the people he has inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959.


Mickey Lemle


Mickey Lemle

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Credited cast:
George W. Bush ... Himself
Rinchen Khando Choegyal Rinchen Khando Choegyal ... Himself
Tenzin Choegyal Tenzin Choegyal ... Himself
Thupten Chokdhen Thupten Chokdhen ... Himself
The Dalai Lama ... Himself
Richard Davidson Richard Davidson ... Himself
Eve Ekman Eve Ekman ... Herself
Philip Glass ... Himself
Daniel Goleman ... Himself
Joan Halifax Joan Halifax ... Herself
Pico Iyer Pico Iyer ... Himself
Thupten Jinpa Thupten Jinpa ... Himself
James A. Kowalski James A. Kowalski ... Himself
James Parks Morton James Parks Morton ... Himself
Thupten Jigme Norbu Thupten Jigme Norbu ... Himself


A portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, featuring interviews with his family and the people he has inspired since his exile from Tibet in 1959.

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Release Date:

28 July 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Dalai Lama See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$900,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$144,934, 30 November 2017
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Lemle Pictures Inc. See more »
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Color (HD)
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Flimsy doc that fails to do justice to a great man
4 September 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the subject of this documentary which is so messy and poorly put together that it feels almost like a waste of time to watch it.

First off this isn't really a great primer on His Holiness and is actually a loose sequel of sorts to a documentary filmmaker Mickey Lemle made 25 years earlier. Secondly the film lacks any kind of structure, it peters out around the 60 minute mark, comes back for a ten minute sequence on George W. Bush, fades out again and then comes back for some more talking heads and then finally mercifully ends.

It's very disappointing work from Lemle who has great access both to his Holiness and to several members of his inner circle and family.

The best parts by far are the parts where His Holiness talks a bit about his view of the world and also the politics of his life in exile are talked about a bit (only a very little, the movie assumes familiarity with his situation).

It's really too bad but the film comes across as a little stale and cold, completely unlike the man at the centre of the story.

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