About the film

Summary, Technical Information, Cast & Crew

Film Summary

Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1949/50 there was no peace and the political situation was deteriorating.

“Don’t come back until you are helpful to others”.  With these words of his master in his mind, a teenage monk left Tibet in 1958 with the dream of soon returning to his homeland.

‘Getza – Helping Others’ recounts this incredible Odyssey – from monastery to guerrilla, of diplomacy and politics – that led to the creation of Tibet Foundation, a British charity supporting the Tibetan people. Including interviews with people from all over the world and rare archive footage, some never seen before, this documentary film tells a story of the Foundation and a tribute to all those who have participated, contributed and helped the work to become a great success story. 

In 2021, Tibet Foundation came to an end. And after living in exile for more than six decades, the young monk’s dream of returning to his homeland is still to be realised. In the hearts of the Tibetan people the dream of freedom lives on. 

Technical information

Original title:
Getza – Helping Others
Countries of production/coproduction:
United-Kingdom, France
Production stage:
Year of production:
Running time:
102 min, 52 min
Screening format:
DCP, Mov (ProRes), Mp4 (H264), Blu-Ray, DVD
English, Tibetan, Mongolian
English, Tibetan, French

Cast & Crew

With the participation of:
Sikyong, Central Tibetan Administration, Dharamsala
Dr Lobsang Sangay
UK Director of Tibetan Studies, SOAS, London University
Dr Nathan W. Hill
Chief Medical Officer, Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute, Dharamsala
Dr Tsewang Tamdin
Director of National Centre for Cultural Heritage, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Galbadrakh Enkhbat
Secretary of the Tibet Foundation
Gary Hawkins
Tibetologist and Teacher of Buddhism
Glenn H. Mullin
Oriental Medical Practitioner & Trustee of the Tibet Foundation
Jacqueline Young
Former Secretary of the Tibet Foundation
Janet Stewart
Former chairman of the Tibet Society, UK
John Billington
Former manager of the ‘Aid To Tibet’ Programme
Jon Aldridge
Chorig Kalon of the Department of Religion and Culture, CTA, Dharamsala
Karma Gelek Yuthok
Former Director of the Tibet Foundation
Karma Hardy
Abbot of Ganden Thekchenling Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Khenpo Choijamts
41st Throne Holder of Sakya Tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
Kyabgon Gongma Trichen Rinpoche
Former Sponsorship Coordinator of the ‘Tibetans In Exile’ Programme
Lucy Cawthron
Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Dharamsala, India
Pema Jungney
Founding trustee of Tibet Foundation
Phuntsog Wangyal
Honorary President of the Tibet Society, UK
Fredrick Hyde-Chambers OBE
Former Kalon of the CTA & Former Director of the Tibetan Nuns Project
Rinchen Khandro Choegyal
Director of Sakya Pandita Dharma Chakra Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Shastri Otgonbaatar Badam
Former Advisor of the Tibet Foundation
Sean Jones
Former Manager of the ‘Buddhism in Mongolia’ Programme
Sue Byrne
Director of the Tibet Foundation
Tsering Passang
Historian & Associate Professor, University of British Colombia, Canada
Tsering Shakya
Secretary of the Department of Home, CTA, Dharamsala
Tsewang Dolma Shosur<
Author of Mongolian Buddhist Art & Trustee of the Tibet Relief Fund, UK
Zara Fleming
Film credits
A film written and directed by
Gilles Blaize
Produced by
Phuntsog Wangyal / Tibet Foundation
Executive Producer
MOOK Productions
Pema Wangye/MOOK Productions
Dryden Hawkins
Tibet Foundation recordings
Gangjong Doeghar
Tibetan National Anthem played by Tashi Takhuri
Image & sound
Gilles Blaize/MOOK Productions
Lobsang Tsondue/Tibet Foundation
Uranchimeg Nansal
Tibet Foundation
Meridian Trust
Collection of The Tibet Museum, Dharamsala
Collection of The Men-Tsee-Khang, Dharamsala
Second Delegation Archive
Sue Byrne
Mongolian translation
Agzul Sosor
Tibetan calligraphy
Jamyang Dorjee