Watch: 13th Floor MovieTalk With Kim Hegan

Watch as Kiwi film producer Kim Hegan takes us to India via Tibet in Return To Gandhi Road.

The 13th Floor’s Marty Duda talks with the Auckland-based music and film entrepreneur about the new documentary directed by his daughter, Yeshe Hegan.

The film documents the incredible journey that Tibetan Buddhist Teacher Kangyur Rinpoche made some 60 years ago from Tibet to India, crossing the Himalayas with hundreds of irreplaceable ancient texts.

Find out how Kim’s Kiwi connection fits into this incredible story.

Here’s a snippet from the press release about Kim:

Photo by: Dirk Jutzas (

One of the central characters and the narrator of the film, we follow Kim as he braves a pilgrimage back to India for the first time in 35 years.
Kim traveled from New Zealand to India in the 1970s and became a student of Kangyur Rinpoche after meeting him by chance in Darjeeling. For the next eight years he stayed in India to study Buddhism, while also studying classical Sitar in Calcutta. After a serious accident during a retreat in Darjeeling in 1980, Kim returned to New Zealand and began to help with his parents’ entertainment business, gradually losing contact with Tibetan Buddhism.
He reconnected with Kangyur Rinpoche’s family 30 years later after his daughter moved to France, where Kangyur Rinpoche’s sons and daughters had since immigrated.

Return To Gandhi Road is in cinemas on September 3rd.

New Zealand Cinemas Screening Return to Gandhi Road from 3rd Sept 2020


Rialto Cinema – Auckland
Academy Cinema – Auckland
Monterey Cinema Takapuna – Auckland
Waiheke Cinema – Waiheke
Matakana Cinema – Matakana
Cinema Kororareka – Russell
Embassy Cinema – Thames
Confluence Cinema – Whanganui
Rialto Cinema – Tauranga
Govett Brewster Art Gallery – New Plymouth
Whakamax – Whakatane (two screenings: 6th & 9th Sept)
The Screening Room – Masterton


State Cinema – Nelson
Gecko Cinema – Motueka
Rialto Cinema – Dunedin
Lumiere Cinema – Christchurch
Alice Cinema – Christchurch
Hollywood Cinema – Christchurch
Akaroa Cinema – Akaroa / Christchurch
Cinema Paradiso – Wanaka