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The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama In His Own Words

Directed by:

Rosemary Rawcliffe

2022 (re-release)

82 minutes

"The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama In His Own Words", uniquely and exclusively features Tenzin Gyatso as both subject and narrator as he presents the full arc of his epic and very public life as the 14th Dalai Lama.


Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 7 PM PDT


The Great 14th Official Trailer

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How does one capture the essence of one of the most legendary lives of our time? A boundless and heroic life filled with extraordinary loss, resilience, and achievement—and a man whose philosophy of kindness continues to inspire millions of people around the world, regardless of faith or political persuasion? In this profound and inspiring portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, the answer is: In his own words. Through intimate conversations and previously unreleased archival footage and images, the Dalai Lama reveals his story and his experience of the personal, political, spiritual, and historical events that shaped his life. The Great 14th offers an extraordinary, unprecedented insight into the complexities of his life—from past lives of the 5th and 13th Dalai Lamas to his current life as the spiritual and former political leader of Tibet and as a tireless Nobel Peace Laureate. This is a story—and a film—for the ages, revealing the soul of the simple monk who aspires every day to walk the enlightened path of the Bodhisattva. 


SCREENING SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 2024, 7 PM PDT at the San Juan Community Theatre

Followed by an in-person Q&A with Director Rosemary Rawcliffe

If you are in the Pacific Northwest, don't miss this Special Spotlight Event on the big screen!

(Click the ticket image below to purchase)


Friday Harbor Film Festival, San Juan Islands of Art (SJIMA), photokunst, and Frame of Mind Films

in conjunction with the Shades of Compassion Traveling Exhibition

currently on view at SJIMA through June 3, 2024.

The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, The 14th Dalai Lama In His Own Words


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Rosemary Rawcliffe is an EMMY® award winning consultant and executive producer, producer, and director with more than 30 years of international experience in television, advertising, film, video, and theatrical production. As a humanitarian, she has a lifelong commitment to creating films that emphasize human rights and tell stories from the female perspective. When Rosemary moved to the United States from her native England, she founded Frame of Mind Films to continue her work in America and her passion for producing stories that bear witness to spirit, hope, and courage.

Rosemary’s previous films include "Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo – The Great Mother (2006)" and EMMY® winner "Women of Tibet: A Quiet Revolution (2008)".



Rosemary Rawcliffe


Line Producer

Holly Hine


Director of Photography

Peter McCandless



Elizabeth Ray

Holly Hine

Rosemary Rawcliffe


Additional Editing

Ibon Olaskoaga



Tom Disher


Produced by Frame of Mind Films

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His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Tibetan Government-in-Exile

Voice of Tibet

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