The Refugees of Shangri-La reveals the tragic plight of the 107,000 refugees from the most unlikely of places. The Kingdom of Bhutan, creators of Gross National Happiness and revered by many as 'the last shangri la' or 'peaceful land' has created the largest number of refugees in relationship to it population in history.
Today, for the first time, we hear the stories of the refugees as they recount their happy lives in Bhutan, their painful eviction, the twenty long years of struggle, living life as a refugee in Nepal and finally, their decision to brave a new course and seek a future in a place called America.
The film follows a population from the remote corners of the world as they pack up for a journey that will scatter them across the sea into the buzz of western civilization. But even amidst their traumatic past and all the challenges of immigration, we bear witness as the Bhutanese take on each new trial with hope, determination and an enduring smile.
Today, America has resettled over 75,000 Bhutanese Refugees and thousands more in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Norway, The Netherlands and so on... This is the story of our new neighbors… The Refugees of Shangri La
CAST & CREW
SUBJECT OF FILM: Bhutanese Refugees
DIRECTORS: Doria Bramante, Markus Weinfurter
PRODUCERS: Doria Bramante, Markus Weinfurter, Adam Fish, Marc Dole