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Gyalyum Chemo: The Great Mother recounts the compelling life story of Dekyi Tsering, the mother of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Tibetan people call her “Gyalyum Chemo” or “Great Mother.” During the course of her long and extraordinary life, she gave birth to sixteen children, seven who survived, three of whom were recognized as incarnate lamas, and one who has been recognized by millions around the globe as one of the world’s leading ambassadors for peace.

Dekyi Tsering’s story embodies the generosity and wisdom of the “Great Mother” archetype in action. By following the journey of her life and times, we can see the gifts that mothers can and do give when there is nothing left to give; how a mother’s love survives regardless of loss; and how simple gestures of encouragement and support can profoundly impact the course of one’s life. These are the qualities of motherhood that not only keep a family together, but have also helped to keep a nation together as it faced cultural genocide and exile. They are also the qualities that helped inspire the strength to preserve culture, family, and tradition while in exile.

The film weaves together a rich life history of anecdotal threads and personal reflections from her children, grandchildren, and friends who share the details of her long and full life. We are guided and inspired by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who speaks candidly of his admiration and respect for his mother and the profound impact she had on him.

The late Dr. Marion Woodman (Addiction to Perfection), Alice Walker (The Color Purple), and the late Angeles Arrien (The Second Half of Life) link this uniquely Tibetan story to a much broader perspective of motherhood and how the Great Mother lives within each of us.

Dekyi Tsering’s story, as seen through the larger lens of the universal Great Mother, skillfully conveys how the greater forces of love, generosity, and mercy are constantly called into being.

Part of a unique film trilogy known as Women of Tibet produced by Frame of Mind Films, Women of Tibet: Gyalyum Chemo – The Great Mother is an inspired hour-long journey into the spiritual force of motherhood. The storytellers provide a universal link to an ancient philosophy that continues to have a profound impact on today’s world.


the late Angeles Arrien, Cultural Anthropologist & Author of the Four-Fold Way

“You are truly a gifted filmmaker, and have captured the heart of the Tibetan culture in such an extraordinary and beautiful way.  I am so impressed that no other human being to my knowledge has had the holy privilege to access the Tibetan people and their spirituality in a way that honors and respects history and the magnificence of the human spirit.”


Steve Opson, KCSM TV Program Director

“Each of the three proposed episodes is beautifully shot and offers excellent insight into the Tibetan culture and spirit.  Your series is intelligent, yet respectful to the Tibetan people and culture.  With this in mind, I want to indicate very strong interest in broadcasting and presenting Women of Tibet for national distribution…We are a prolific producer and presenter of programs to the PBS system and have become widely recognized for our success in this area.  Many of our programs have achieved 50 to 80 percent national penetration and have included programs from Sony Classical Music, International Herald Tribune, and others.”


Tamara N Le, Senior Manager, American Public Television

“American Public Television is interested in offering the series to public television stations nationwide.  We feel the concept has strong national appeal and will be well received by station programming executives.  While public television audiences are aware of the constant hardships facing Tibetan people since China’s occupation, the valuable stories of Tibet’s female population are lesser known.  The Women of Tibet films present an enlightened look at how women’s issues fit into the Tibetans’ struggle for freedom.”



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the late Angeles Arrien 


American Public Television




His Holiness the Dalai Lama holding film







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