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Emory University holding its Second Tibetan Film Festival to celebrate Dalai Lama's October visit

September 19, 2010
September 17, 2010

The plight of Tibet has long been a concern of
certain celebrities and spiritual hipsters, but
an upcoming film festival promises to take
viewers beyond the bumper stickers and T-shirt
sentiments. This coming Monday, Sept. 20th and on
the following two Mondays, Emory University will
hold the second Tibetan Film Festival, with free
screenings of noteworthy works by Tibetan,
Indian, and Chinese directors whose offerings are
rarely available to American theatergoers. The
event, Sponsored by Emory-Tibet Partnership, the
Film Studies Department, the Center for
International Programs Abroad, and Students for a
Free Tibet, hopes to expose American audiences to
the ways in which Tibet, Tibetans, and what it
means to be a Tibetan are represented by contemporary, non-western filmmakers.

The Festival is timed to herald the Dalai Lama's
appearance at the University on Oct. 17-19. All
films will be shown in room 206 of White Hall on
the Emory campus, located at 301 Dowman Drive
here in Atlanta. Each showing will be preceded by
a brief introduction and followed by a Q & A session.

Screenings begin at 8:00 PM each evening, and are free and open to the public.

The schedule of films to be shown is as follows:
Monday, Sept. 20
"The Sun Behind the Clouds" by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin
(English, Tibetan, and Mandarin, with English subtitles)
This award-winning documentary focuses on the
tumultuous events leading up to the 50th
anniversary of the Chinese occupation of Tibet.
It contains powerful, rarely-seen footage of the
historic events, as well as interviews which
reveal the discord - even among fellow Tibetans -
as they sought to deal with a dramatically changing society.

Monday, Sept. 27
"No. 16, Barkhor South Street" by Duan Jinchuan
(Tibetan & Chinese with English subtitles)
This film, which won the won the 1997 Grand Prix
du Festival du Réel award in Paris, is a
rough-around-the-edges, candid study of the
day-to-day workings of a small neighborhood
office located in the heart of Lhasa, charged
with implementing Chinese government policy and
resolving the inevitable conflicts that are
alternately strained or downright humorous.

Monday, Oct. 4
"The Prince of the Himalayas" by Sherwood Hu
(Tibetan with English subtitles)
A work of striking visual beauty, this Golden
Globe-nominated film is the filmmakers' ambitious
- and largely successful - attempt to present
Shakespeare's "Hamlet" with a distinctly Tibetan flavor.

For a full description of the films and
additional details about the festival, go online to:
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