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Miss Tibet : Beauty in Exile


A Tibetan teenager travels from Minneapolis to India to compete in a most unlikely beauty pageant. Long separated from their ancient homeland, Tibet’s exile community struggles to maintain a sense of tradition in the face of modernity, emblematic in the contradictions of the Miss Tibet pageant. While its suave organizer insists that he offers young Tibetans a chance to immerse themselves in their culture and language, critics take issue with the event’s decidedly un-Tibetan focus on outer beauty, replete with bikinis and catwalks.

Director :Norah Shapiro Language :English Country :United
Producer :Not Updated Editor :Not Updated Screening Type:2D
Cinematographer :Not Updated Year :2014 Duration:70 Mins


Director Name

Norah Shapiro

Director Biography

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR Norah Shapiro left a decade-long career as a public defender to pursue the adventures of documentary filmmaking. Her first short film about Minnesota Poet Phebe Hanson won the Emerging Filmmaker Award in the Minnesota History Center's Greatest Generation Film Festival. Her first feature, If You Dare about an inner-city theater company working with at-risk children, premiered at the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, aired on Twin Cities Public Television, and has been collected by universities and libraries around the US and Canada. Her newest documentary, Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile had its sold out world premiere at the 2014 DOC NYC Film Festival and is currently on the festival circuit. Norah was awarded the McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship in 2012 and has received grants from funders including the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Fund. She is currently co-directing and producing a documentary about Minnesota 13 Moonshine, which also received funding from the Minnesota Filmmakers Legacy Fund.
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