Tibetan Film Festival at the Filmhouse

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Tibetan Film Festival at the Filmhouse

Postby Lynne » Fri May 01, 2009 1:08 pm

Filmhouse present

Tibet Film Festival 2009
Fri 8 May - Thu 14 May

Images and Reflections on Tibet
The Tibet Film Festival 2009 comes to
Filmhouse with a series of screenings to mark
the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan National
Uprising against China’s rule, and 50 years
in exile for the Tibetan exile community. The
programme comprises some of the most recent
material to emerge from both in and outside
Tibet in response to the widespread protests
which swept across the Tibetan plateau in
2008, whilst also exploring the many diverse
and intricate aspects of the Tibet issue,
stimulating broader discussions on human
rights, conflict, freedom and cultural identity
within a global context.
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The Unwinking Gaze
The Inside Story of the Dalai Lama’s Struggle
for Tibet
Fri 8 May at 6.15pm
Joshua Dugdale • UK 2008 • 1h9m • DigiBeta
English and Tibetan with English subtitles
PG – Contains one scene of moderate injury detail • Documentary

This film offers a unique portrait of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, the Tibetan spiritual and temporal leader, and one
of the leading moral and spiritual authorities in the world
today. Filmed over three years with unprecedented access,
The Unwinking Gaze provides a behind-the-scenes insight
into His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s work towards a peaceful
resolution of the Tibet issue through dialogue with the
Chinese Government.

Tibet’s Cry for Freedom
Sat 9 May at 6.15pm
Lara Damiani • Australia 2008 • 52m • DVD • English, Tibetan
and Mandarin with English subtitles • PG • Documentary

Filmed over the course of a year, from March 2007 to
March 2008, this film offers an insightful account of Tibet’s
history and its present, exploring in depth many of the
human rights and environmental issues facing Tibet today
as a result of more than 50 years of Chinese occupation.
This is one of the most recent and comprehensive
overviews of the Tibet issue and its current situation.
PLUS SHORT
History of Momos
Tenzin Tsetan, South Korea 2008, 11 min, DVD,
Korean with English subtitles

A touching short film about the making of the much-loved
Tibetan delicacy, momos (steam-cooked dumplings).

Tintin in Tibet
Sun 10 May at 1.30pm & Mon 11 May at 10.30am
Stéphane Bernasconi • France 1992 • 42m • DVD
English language version • U

Tintin and his dog Snowy, along with Captain Haddock, set
out on a rescue mission in the Himalayas in Tibet to save
his Chinese friend, Chang Chong-Chen. Tintin has a vivid
dream in which Chang survived a plane crash in Tibet.
When he learns the next day that Chang was in fact on a
plane that crashed there, they set off in search of Tintin’s
missing friend. For many who read Hergé’s original book,
first published in 1960, this was a first introduction to
Tibet’s majestic Himalayan landscape.

Undercover in Tibet
Mon 11 May 6.15pm
Jezza Neumann • UK 2008 • 51m • DVD

English and Tibetan with English subtitles • PG • Documentary
Risking imprisonment and deportation, young exiled
Tibetan Tash Despa returns to the homeland he risked his
life to escape 12 years ago, along with BAFTA awardwinning
documentary maker Jezza Neumann. Filming
secretly, they reveal the hidden realities of life in Tibet
under Chinese occupation.
PLUS SHORT
What Courage Means to Me
Tibetan Children’s Village, India 2008, 4 min, DVD

A short fi lm made by a student of the Tibetan Children’s
Village (TCV), Dharamsala, showing how courage
has played a role in the story of a young Tibetan who
recently escaped into exile. TCV is a thriving educational
community for Tibetan children in exile which was
established in 1962.

The Return March to Tibet
Tue 12 May at 6.00pm

Legdup Tsering & Tenzin Palkyi (Tibetan People’s Uprising
Movement) • India 2008 • 42m • DVD
Tibetan with English subtitles • PG • Documentary

On 10 March 2008, 101 Tibetan exiles together with a
number of international supporters set off from Dharamsala
on an epic march back to Tibet. From the heat of the
lowlands to the cooler climes of the Indian Himalayas, the
marchers traversed some of the northern states of India,
changing their route at times along the way. Nevertheless,
as this emotional account shows, their courage and
determination to complete the journey never waned.
PLUS SHORT
Jigdrel: Leaving Fear Behind
Dhondup Wangchen & Jigme Gyatso, Tibet 2008, 25 min, DVD,
Tibetan with English subtitles

First-time filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen and his assistant
Jigme Gyatso, two Tibetans living in Tibet, undertook a
journey ending in early 2008 which saw them film Tibetans
talking about their grievances about the Chinese rule of
Tibet, about their faith and devotion to His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and their thoughts on the then upcoming
Beijing Olympic Games. In their desire to let the world
know of their plight, most interviewees chose not to
conceal their identities, thus risking imprisonment and
their lives in a system where criticism of China’s rule is not
tolerated. The footage was smuggled out of Tibet and the
filmmakers were both subsequently arrested and tortured.
Dhondup Wangchen remains in prison today. This is a
powerful and revealing collection of views of ordinary
Tibetans in what is the most significant visual material to
come out of Tibet in recent times.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama in
Lhasa, capital of Tibet, prior to
March 1959
Thu 14 May at 6.15pm
Various • UK/Tibet • 1h • DigiBeta • With live commentary
PG • Documentary

The highlight of this programme of archival material,
specially curated for this festival by the BFI, is the rarely
seen film Dalai Lama Examinations, made during His
Holiness the Dalai Lama’s final year in Tibet prior to his
March 1959 escape to India. The film is by Jigme Taring,
an official of the Tibetan Government, who accompanied
His Holiness the Dalai Lama when he visited the great
monasteries of Drepung, Sera and Ganden to take his
examinations in Buddhist theology. The final examination
took place in Lhasa during the Tibetan New Year festival
of 1959. A short selection of extracts from the Tibetan
collection held at the BFI National Archive is also included
to contextualise the footage and to illustrate the legacy
contained within the images.



For further information about the festival, please visit
www.throughanexilelens.org
All profits go to Tibet House Trust, a UK registered
charity that works with the Tibetan Government-in-Exile,
Dharamsala, India, to deliver educational, health, cultural
and other projects for Tibetan communities in exile. Tibet
House Trust is the charitable wing of the Office of Tibet in
London, the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
for the UK, Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic States.
www.tibet-house-trust.co.uk.

See any three (or more) films in this season and get 15% off
See all six films in this season and get 25% off
These packages are available online, in person and on the
phone, on both full price and concession price tickets.
Tickets must all be bought at the same time.
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