Return to Gandhi Road

A feature documentary about the life of Kangyur Rinpoche

About Kangyur Rinpoche

Who was Kangyur Rinpoche? One of the first Tibetan Masters who, heeding the imminent danger to Tibetan Buddhism during the Cultural Revolution of the 1950’s, braved the arduous journey over the Himalayan Mountains to India, rescuing many thousands of Buddhist texts that otherwise faced potential extinction.

The Return to Gandhi Road project

Return to Gandhi Road is a feature documentary project on the extraordinary life story of Kangyur Rinpoche and of the select few Westerners who discovered him in Darjeeling India in the early 1970's.

Return to Gandhi Road movie poster

How can you see the film?

The film is currently being released in international film festivals and in cinemas in a few countries. It will be released On-Demand over the internet in the future.

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Dharamshala International Film Festival, 29 Oct – 4 Nov 2020

The film has been selected for the Dharamshala Film Festival. During the 7-day event, people in the following territories will be able to purchase a ticket and view the film online: India, Nepal, Bhutan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Maldives.
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Film Festivals & Distribution

Winner – Best Emerging Filmmaker at Doc Edge (New Zealand) 2020

Winner - Best documentary at DIFF (Bhutan), February 2020

Official Selection – International Buddhist Film Festival (USA) 2020

Official Selection – Waiora Film Festival (NZ) 2020

Official Selection – Dharamshala International Film Festival (India) 2020

Cinema release in Australia and NZ by Vendetta Films

  • NZ cinema release happened in Sept – Oct 2020.
    Click here to find out if it is still screening near you.
  • Australian cinema release will happen in the near future.
    You can join a specific email list to be alerted when it is released in Australian cinemas by clicking here.

Distribution in other countries will be announced in the future.

The Trailer

watch with subtitles : Version française | Versão portuguesa | Versión en español


A dedicated bank account has been opened and all contributions will go towards essential film costs.

The team

Executive producers:
Tulku Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche.

Producer: Kim Hegan
After 40 years producing live events and for television, Kim now puts his production skills to a project close to his heart.

French production associate: Fabrice Frank
Fabrice Frank has more than ten years experience as Head of the Documentary Department of Elephant Group, the French Media company, before recently joining the Independent French TV Production Company ‘Pernel Media’.

Director: Yeshe Hegan
Yeshe has a degree in filmmaking, and experience as writer/director on a number of short films, including documentaries.
Example short films: Larkings Landing (documentary), Live! (short film).

Director Of Photography: Fred Renata
Fred is one of New Zealand’s renowned DOPs whose work has crossed all mediums, from music videos and commercials, to TV series and feature films such as Mt Zion. He has also shot many well known and acclaimed documentaries, including the recently released Poi E: The Story of Our Song.

Editor: Margot Francis
Emmy award winning Film editor Margot Francis has extensive experience in film and Television both in New Zealand and the US.
Her TV highlights include Saturday Night Live. She also worked on Bette Midler's TV movie The Mondo Beyondo Show and more recently Billy T: Te Movie. She won an Emmy Award for a documentary on the Broadway musical Voices of Sarafina

Australian & NZ Distribution: Vendetta Films
Vendetta Films has been acquiring and distributing films around the globe for over a decade, becoming one of the top independent film distributors in Australia & New Zealand.

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