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World Premiere of ‘Little Tibet’

September 20, 2011

PRESS RELEASE
[13 September, London]
 
World Premiere of ‘Little Tibet’
Saturday 17 September 2011, 3.30pm at the Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London
 
Tibet Society is delighted to announce the world premiere of the film “Little Tibet”, a documentary by Nawang N. Anja-Tsang and Joseph Brett. This exciting new film follows Sonam, a UK based Tibetan, on a voyage of discovery to Ladakh in the high Himalaya, in search of his living cultural identity. Both moving and funny, the film is accompanied by a fresh and unvarnished narrative describing the challenges faced travelling through inhospitable terrain, the warmth of welcomes, eccentric encounters, the living traditions of centuries and the wonderful and evocative vistas of the dramatic and unspoilt landscape. It gives a unique glimpse into life and travel in one of the highest inhabited places on earth as well as sharing one man’s journey to find his heritage.
 
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the two directors, Ngawang N Anja-Tsang (Sonam) and Joseph Brett, who are also available for interviews.
 
Date: Saturday 17 September 2011
Time: 3.30pm
Venue: Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, London
Tickets: £12 
Advance tickets can be purchased online: http://bit.ly/LTtckt or via the Prince Charles Cinema’s box office: 020 7494 3554.
Proceeds from the event to be donated to Tibet Society (http://www.tibetsociety.com)
 
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Contact details:
For more information on the event contact Tibet Society:
Philippa Carrick: 020 7272 1414 | 07941 105 485 | philippa@tibetsociety.com
Paul Golding: 020 7272 1414 | 07984 799 958 | paul@tibetsociety.com
Follow on twitter: @tibetsociety
 
To contact the directors for interviews:
Ngawang N Anja-Tsang (Sonam): 07882 317 260
Joseph Brett: 07929 632 518
 
Film synopsis
Little Tibet: One man's journey into Ladakh, in search of his culture
Sonam is about to go on a journey to one of the highest places on earth. As a Tibetan who can no longer return to his own country, Sonam is in search of Tibet outside of Tibet. Could Ladakh be that place?
 
Ladakh, in the northern most part of India, is often known as Little Tibet. It borders Tibet and shares much of its culture, language and landscape. Here, in this remote, high altitude land, Sonam finds the beauty of his culture both preserved and living.
 
During his journey across the breathtaking landscape of the Himalayas, through rain, snow and desert, Sonam discovers ancient Tibetan monasteries and talks with nomads in Chang Thang, the pasturelands that once stretched over the Indo-Tibetan border. He sees His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama give teachings to an audience of thousands, joins in the celebrations of a Tibetan wedding and encounters marmots.
 
In this land still rich in Tibetan culture, he finds the gems of his lost homeland, but he cannot cross the tantalisingly close border and return to Tibet.
 
Film length: 90 minutes. Directed by Ngawang N Anja-Tsang (Sonam) and Joseph Brett.
Narrated in English, with English subtitles in places.
A Kunga production, presented by Cabal Studios.
 
Film trailer: http://bit.ly/LittleTibet
 
Background:
Nawang N Anja-Tsang (Sonam) is a Tibetan who spent his childhood in India, and went to school in Dharamsala. He moved to London in 1999, and worked for six years as an extra in the film industry, gaining a knowledge of  film making. During this time he came to feel that many of the Tibetan films he saw were either too religious or too political.  
 
Sonam met film-maker Joseph Brett in 2008 when he was interviewed by him as part of a college documentary on the Tibet cause. Since graduating Joseph has worked directing music videos and as a freelance editor. “Little Tibet” is his first feature length project.
 
In 2010 Sonam had the idea to make a documentary about Ladakh in the form of a personal road trip, searching for the rich and beautiful Tibetan traditions which still survive in this remote and fascinating area, but which are denied him through being unable to return to his own homeland.
 
He contacted Joseph to ask if he'd be interested in being involved, who immediately agreed. Late in the summer of 2010 the duo left for India.
 
It is hoped that through showing Sonam's experiences travelling in Ladakh, or ‘Little Tibet’, a wider audience can be reached and made aware of what is being lost on so many levels - cultural, political, religious and ecological - in the real Tibet today.
 
Tibet Society
Tibet Society is the world’s first Tibet support group. It was founded in 1959, within weeks of the flight of the Dalai Lama from Tibet following the uprising against Chinese occupation. For over 50 years Tibet Society has worked for the freedom of the Tibetan people and their right to self determination by:
 
•       Seeking change and negotiation through dialogue
•       Promoting the views of Tibetans inside Tibet who risk their lives in order to have their voices heard
•       Lobbying the UK government through the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet and advocating on behalf of Tibetans to the Foreign Office 
•       Fostering a greater understanding between parliamentarians from the UK and the Tibetan Parliament in Exile
•       Supporting Tibetans in the UK to make their voice heard
•       Helping the Tibetan Government in Exile in their democratic processes
 
To join Tibet Society: http://bit.ly/TSjoin
Annual membership is £24 / year
 
Follow on twitter: @tibetsociety
 
Tibet Society background
All the founders of the Tibet Society had personal knowledge of an independent and free Tibet, having either lived in Lhasa or had direct dealings with the Tibetan government. Hugh Richardson, the British Representative in Tibet, was among the dignitaries who greeted the young Dalai Lama when, in 1939, aged just four, he first entered Lhasa. Heinrich Harrer, when in Lhasa in the 1940s, coached the Dalai Lama in English and maths. Robert Ford, who remains a Vice President to this day, was captured and imprisoned for five years by the invading Chinese army in 1950 when serving as radio officer to the Tibetan Government. Well known High Court Judge and founder of the Buddhist Society, Christmas Humphreys, first met the Dalai Lama in 1956.
 
Patron: Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
President: Norman Baker MP
Chair: Fredrick Hyde-Chambers OBE
CEO: Philippa Carrick
 
 
Paul Golding
Campaigns Coordinator
paul@tibetsociety.com
020 7272 1414
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