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screening in Boulder on February 11th, 2010 at 4:30pm
@ The Church, 1421 Spruce St.
Boulder International Film Festival

(synopsis courtesy of film’s website: Tibet in Song

Tibet in Song is both a celebration of traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing journey into the past fifty years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet. Director and former Tibetan political prisoner, Ngawang Choephel, weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film.

The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through a variety of working songs, songs about family and the beauty of the land. These rarely seen performances are deftly juxtaposed against startling footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion and a concise explanation of the factors leading to the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in 1959. Ngawang Choephel sets the stage for a unique exploration of the Chinese impact on Tibetans inside Tibet.

What follows is a heartbreaking tale of cultural exploitation and resistance, which includes Ngawangs’ own eventual imprisonment for recording the very songs at the center of the film. Tibet in Song provides raw and uncensored look at Tibet as it stands today, a country plagued by Chinese brutality, yet willing to fight for the existence of its unique cultural heritage.

Tibet in Song is directed by Ngawang Choephel, and contains both original music composed by Ngawang himself, and an array of traditional folk songs sung by native Tibetans.

Shining Spirit
A film made by a friend of mine, Karen McDiarmid, that demonstrates how the importance of music in Tibetan culture can reunite families across the divide of exile

Angry Monk
A film made a fellow anthropologist about the life, work, struggle and death of Gedun Choephel, the first Tibetan historian and anthropologist at the dawn of Chinese rule in Tibet

Leaving Fear Behind
A film made by Dhondup Wangchen in the aftermath of the 2008 uprisings in Tibet – he was arrested and sentenced to prison by Chinese authorities for making this film, and my film OUR SHADOWS COLLIDE is dedicated to him

Fire Under the Snow
A film about Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan political prisoner who smuggled out instruments of torture and memories of his imprisonment by Chinese authorities as empirical evidence of human rights abuses in China

Red Flag Over Tibet
The first film I ever watched about the historical events surrounding China’s takeover of Tibet as a study abroad student in Dharamsala, India (screening hosted by the Amnye Machen Institute)

The Sun Behind the Clouds
By the directors of “DREAMING LHASA”, a film made controversial at the 2010 Palm Springs Film Festival when Chinese filmmakers pulled out of the festival because this film – documenting the protests of Spring 2008 – was being screened as well

The Unwinking Gaze
A film originally made just to chronicle a day in the life of the Dalai Lama that became indispensable by following His Holiness the aftermath of the Spring 2008 protests…

When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun
I look forward to seeing this film when it is finished

Feature Films:

A searing film about the failed attempts of a band of self-appointed Tibetan game wardens to stop the poaching of Tibetan antelope, documented through the eyes of Tibetan-Chinese journalist

Secretly shot in Lhasa, this film is about a Tibetan family struggling under the Chinese occupation in various ways: assimilation, existentialism, activism – my film OUR SHADOWS COLLIDE owes much to the bravery of the filmmakers and actors in this classic film

Martin Scorsese’s take on the life and point of exile of the current 14th Dalai Lama

Dreaming Lhasa
The first feature film shot in Dharamsala, India – exile home of the Dalai Lama – touching upon the oft-overlooked, multicultural experience of exile for Tibetans

Himalaya (Caravan)
Beautiful film, beautiful soundtrack, capturing a cultural practice that is dissolving in the wake of globalization


Comments on: "Homage to Films about Tibet…" (1)

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