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Free film on Tibet

August 28, 2009

With special guest Venerable Geshe Thubten Phelgye
Special to The Union
August 27, 2009, a Nevada County educational
nonprofit presents the film "What Remains of Us,"
a courageous story about commitment to nonviolent
social change inside of occupied Tibet. What
Remains of Us is about film about Kalsang Dolma,
a young Tibetan refugee born in Quebec, who
crosses the Himalayas. Into the largest prison in
the world, she carries a video message recorded
by the Dalai Lama. Since 1950, Tibetans inside
the country have been hoping that China will
allow him to return. Families gather around the
tiny screen, transfixed, and for the first time,
the voices of this fragile people under the yoke
of suffering reach us from across the distance.
Filmed between 1996 and 2004 without the
knowledge of the Chinese authorities, using small
digital cameras, “What Remains of Us” takes
viewers to the heart of the tragedy that has
consumed Tibetan society for over half a century.
The film tackles the crucial issue of individual
and collective responsibility towards three
generations of Tibetans who, despite the
disappearance of 1.2 million of their fellow
citizens, have always refused to yield to
violence. Venerable Geshe Phelgye is the founder
of the Universal Compassion Movement and a member
of the Parliament of the Tibetan Government in
exile. As an international peace activist, Geshe
Phelgye has traveled throughout the world
participating in multi-national peace symposiums
in Israel and other nations. Geshe Phelgye has
been visiting Nevada County for five years and
this is his last evening in our community prior
to returning to India. This is a free educational
event of The film demonstrates the
extraordinary capacity of human forgiveness and
the potential for non-violent social change. All are welcome.

Know & go
What: Free film on Tibet, "What Remains of Us"
with special guest Venerable Geshe Thubten Phelgye
When: 7 p.m. tonight
Where: Madelyn Helling Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way, Nevada City
Cost: Free. Donations accepted and offered to
Geshe Phelgye on his last night here in Nevada
County to help defray expenses to return to India.
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