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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Ven Palden Gyatso in Tokyo

July 24, 2008

Tibet House, Shinjuku, JAPAN
July 21, 008

Tokyo -- Ven. Palden Gyatso, one of the Tibet`s most well known
political prisoners who had endured 33 years of hardship and torture
in Chinese prisons in Tibet was here in Tokyo to preside over the
in-house show of a documentary film on his life at Yotsuya Public
hall. Gaia Holistic, represented by Tatsumura Kazuko and Tatsumura
Yukari along with the Tibet supporters organized the event. Objective
of the organizers was to bring the truth of Palden Gyatso`s life and
his message of love and forgiveness to the Japanese audience.

  "Fire Under the Snow" a documentary film based on autobiography of
Palden Gyatso is the debut work of Makoto Sasa, a young Japanese
director who made her mark at Tribeca Film Festival in New York this
May. The young director along with the cameraman was also there
during the show. Yotsuya public hall was packed with full capacity.
Mesmerized audience of 460 watched the summarized version of the
documentary with great interest and tears.   Palden Gyatso narrates
his life story, beginning from birth to monk-hood, his arrest,
torture, humiliation and his freedom. He tells about the sufferings
and death of his countrymen who bravely resisted the Chinese
occupation of Tibet, and their pressure to give up hope for free
Tibet and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The young director
has chosen appropriate background scene to go along the narration of
Palden Gyatso. The documentary made a strong appeal and impression to
the audience. At the end of the show, many people could be seen with wet eyes.

After the show, Palden Gyatso and the Director Makoto Sasa responded
to the questions raised by the producer of the event, Yukari
Tatsumura. Ms Makoto Sasa said that when she was a University student
in the States, she read Palden Gyatso`s book, she was appalled by the
fact that the torture and human right abuse of this magnitude is
still going on in this world. She decided that the world should know
about this and that's how she got started with this documentary film.
She said she is happy that she was able to finish the film at a time
when the world needs to know what really has been and is happening in Tibet.

Ven Palden Gyatso thanked the audience for their support to Tibetan
cause, he said during his prison life, many people died because of
torture and starvation, they all left with a word that we all
continue our struggle for free Tibet and to inform the world about
situation in Tibet. "I fell good that I am able to carry out their
last wishes informing the world about the real situation in Tibet,"
said the monk.

  Among the audiences, many said that they had heard and read many
things about Chinese atrocities in Tibet, but seeing this film and
meeting a real person who had gone through all these torture was an
experience they will never forget. They said it is really ridiculous
that a Government accorded with a prestige to host Olympics could
order such mass torture and killing, it has confirmed their belief
that atrocities in Tibet is atrocities against humanity, and the
people of the world should unite to rescue humanity from the pit of tyranny.

Ven Palden Gyatso will be in Tokyo for a week, during which he plans
to give several talks on his experiences in Tibet. He will also
participate in a talk organized by a Japanese voluntary group
planning series of film show on Tibet under the title `A Summer to
learn about Tibet` in Tokyo. Toward the end of his visit, Ven Palden
along with the organizers and supporters will visit Mount Fuji to
pray for peace and harmony in this world.
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