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Escape From Tibet is the story of Tenzin and Pasang two brothers from Tibet who decide to cross the Himalayas and flee Chinese repression. Produced and released by ITV in 1997 by award-winning film maker Nick Gray, the documentary Escape from Tibet, won plaudits around the world. In 2012 Nick Gray published a book also entitled Escape from Tibet, which tells the brothers' story from their point of view and brings audiences ever closer to the realities that Tibetan refugees face in their quest to find freedom. 

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Film screenings
For details of upcoming screening of Escape from Tibet in the UK please check

Click here to view photos from London event on 24 February 2013 (via facebook).

Film Synopsis

Escape from Tibet is a documentary which was first broadcast by ITV in 1997 and recounts the terrifying journey made by Tibetan refugees fleeing Chinese repression. It follows 11-year old Tenzin and his 19-year old brother Pasang, a novice monk, in their bid to escape from Tibet, and to meet their spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama and find freedom in exile. Following them across one of the most dangerous escape routes on earth, Nick Gray vividly depicts the hardships that refugees face, regardless of age, in order to become free from oppression.

The documentary made immediate impact and special screenings were arranged in many countries around the world. Audiences for these screenings included memebers of the Foreign Office, the United Nations and the White House and the documentary won plaudits around the world. Critics said it was by turns heart-breaking and horrifying...this is documentary-making of the highest order and called it an astonishing and emotionally gripping film.

Escape from Tibet: The Book

Escape from Tibet book coverFollowing the filming of Escape from Tibet, director Nick Gray arranged for the brothers to come to England where they now live. With additional information they have supplied, and a recent fact-finding visit to their home in northern Tibet, Gray is able to tell the story of escape from their point of view. It is an authentic and vivid account of what refugees, even though children, will attempt in order to achieve freedom from oppression.

This story of two brothers escaping from Tibet and the hardships they endured describes the common experience of many Tibetans who over the years like them fled into exile. 
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Gripping...the tension and excitement unresolved until the final pages.
- Mary Craig, author of Tears of Blood: A Cry for Tibet & Kundun

The book is illustrated with 50 colour photographs and has a foreword written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Click here to purchase book online (via Enlightened Gifts website)
9.99 plus p&p

Book Launch: 29 March 2012

Tibet Society was honoured to host a special event to launch the publication of Escape from Tibet. The event was held at St Georges Bloomsbury in central London on 29 March 2012.

Over 70 people crammed into the hall to hear Nick Gray tell the story of the origins of the book. Originally an ITV documentary, Nick filmed a group of Tibetan refugees crossing the Himalayas to flee into exile in the mid-1990s. Two young brothers quicky became the focus of the film, and once it was televised, sponsors came forward to bring the two boys to the UK.

A 20 minute clip of the original documentary was shown. The film resonated with the audience, despite being nearly 20 years old, as the ongoing human rights abuses in Tibet still persuade hundreds of Tibetans each year to risk their lives by attempting to traverse treacherous mountain routes into exile. (Note: The film is not currently available, however Tibet Society is contacting ITV to see if the film can be released on DVD.)

After the film clip, Nick Gray introduced the two brothers from the book, Pasang and Tenzin, who have both since settled in the UK. Philippa Carrick, CEO of Tibet Society joined the group and the panel answered questions from the audience. The brothers described their experience since the documentary and how they find life in the UK. Nick tantalised the audience with a few stories from the book but then added "you have to buy the book to find out more!" Philippa Carrick related the current situation in Tibet and how the public can help both Tibetans in Tibet (by joining campaign organisations such as Tibet Society and lobbying their MPs) and Tibetan refugees (through sponsorship programmes such as that run by Tibet Relief Fund).

Nick, Pasang and Tenzin then signed copies of the book for the audience members, whilst drinks and steamed Tibetan momos (supplied by Kailash Momo, the Tibetan restaurant in Woolwich, London) were served.

Tibet Society would like to thank everyone who attended and especially to Nick, Pasang and Tenzin for inviting Tibet Society to host this enthralling event.


Nick Gray and the Dalai LamaNick Gray has been a documentary-maker for forty years.  He was one of the founder-producers of the ITV flagship documentary series First Tuesday, and made twenty films for the series over ten years.  He was the original deviser and producer of the hospital series Jimmy's, recognised as the first docusoap on television.

He has made programmes for the BBC, ITV, Channels 4 & 5, National Geographic and The Discovery Channel.  His programmes include contributions to documentary series including Extraordinary People, Network First, Real Stories and Everyman.

He has made films all over the world including Algeria, Sudan, Lebanon, Haiti, Sudan, Peru, Paraguay, Mexico, Ethiopia, and Afghanistan. His programmes have won many international awards including BAFTA and international Emmy nominations, and have been acclaimed by the Vatican, the Church of England, The United Nations, and Amnesty International. Many have had screenings in festivals and cinemas.

Since 2007, he has been Visiting Professor in Documentary Production at the University of Lincoln.

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