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DVD release: What Remains of Us Out Today

August 8, 2008

By Staff
northernstars.ca (Canada)
August 5, 2008

Toronto, Ontario -- Seville Pictures has announced it will release
the DVD version of the award-winning, controversial film, Ce qu'il
reste de nous (What Remains of Us) today, August 5th. In a bid to
capitalize on the growing interest in all things China as the start
of the 2008 Beijing Olympics draws near, What Remains of Us follows a
young woman delivering a message of hope from the Dalai Lama to the
people of Tibet.

Undistributed since its highly-publicized 2004 theatrical run, the
film was, at the time of its release, the first documentary shot
inside Tibet and uncensored by the Chinese authorities. However, the
filmmakers, François Prévost and Hugo Latulippe, were concerned for
the safety of the Tibetans in the film who speak frankly of the
situation in the country. They made the choice to add extra security
measures, and to restrict the distribution of the film, in the first
years of its release. But now, the time seems right.

The Québec-based directors have decided to make the film available to
the widest possible audience and hope that distribution of the DVD
will bring a better understanding of the situation in Tibet and help
to bring about a solution.

"Seville is very proud to be releasing this moving and timely film
about the people of Tibet on DVD," said David Reckziegel,
Co-President, Seville Pictures. "We applaud the people involved both
in front and behind the camera for their courage in telling this part
of the Tibetan story."

Forced to seek refuge in India and still viewed by China as a threat
to national security, the Dalai Lama has been prevented for 50 years
from crossing the mountains separating him from his homeland. For 50
years, he has not spoken directly to Tibetans inside the country. In
What Remains of Us, Kalsang Dolma, a young Tibetan refugee from
Québec, crosses the Himalayas carrying a video message recorded by
the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Families gather,
transfixed around the tiny screen and for one of the first times, the
voices of this fragile and suffering population are heard. The film
was shot without the knowledge of the Chinese authorities using small
digital cameras during nearly a dozen secret forays into Tibet
between 1994 and 2004.

What Remains of Us was an Official Selection at the 2004 Cannes Film
Festival. It won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at the
2004 Vancouver Film Festival, the Best Film and Audience Awards at
the 2004 Atlantic Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2004
Hollywood Film Festival. The film was named as one of Canada's Top
Ten and won the prestigious Sergio Viera de Mello Award at the Human
Rights Film Festival in Geneva last year.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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