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US to air documentary on Dalai Lama's mom

Gyalyum Chemo -A documentary on the life of Dekyi Tsering, will be aired by public television channels in the US from May 7.

india Updated: May 05, 2006 19:37 IST

A documentary on the life of Dekyi Tsering, the mother of the Dalai Lama, will be aired by public television channels in the US beginning Sunday.

According to producer-director Rosemary Rawcliffe, Gyalyum Chemo - The Great Mother is the first of a trilogy on women in Tibet.

It "recounts the compelling life story of the mother of one of the world's leading ambassadors for peace", she said.

Dekyi Tsering, known by Tibetans as Gyalyum Chemo (Great Mother), gave birth to 16 children.

Only seven survived, three of who were recognised as incarnate lamas.

The film weaves together a rich life history of anecdotal threads and personal reflections from Dekyi Tsering's children, grandchildren and friends.

It will also show never before seen photographs from their family collections and rare footage of Tibet.

The Dalai Lama lives in India at the head of a Tibetan government-in-exile, based in the hill town of Dharamsala.

The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 after a failed revolt against the Chinese communists.