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Tibet documentary wins best Human Rights film award

October 14, 2008

By Phurbu Thinley
Phayul
October 13, 2008

Dharamsala, October 13 -- A 30-minute documentary film on a harrowing
tale of political persecution in Tibet has won award for the best
Human Rights Film at a film festival in Taos, New Mexico, US.

The film Missing in Tibet, grabbed the 'Best Human Rights Film' award
at the Eighth Annual Taos Mountain Film Festival that ended Sunday.

This film is about Nwawang Choephel, a Tibetan-born exile, who, on
December 26, 1996, was sentenced to 18 years in prison by the Chinese
authorities.

While living in the States, Ngawang was awarded a Fulbright
scholarship to study and record the ethnomusicology of his Tibetan
homeland at prestigious Middlebury College in Vermont. His research
took him to Tibet to document and preserve traditional music and dance.

In the midst of this research the Chinese authorities arrested him.
His only 'crime' being he videotaped Tibetan children and elders
singing and dancing their traditional songs. He was released in
February 2002, after six years in prison.

Interweaving his life story with actual footage shot before his
incarceration the film, narrated by Goldie Hawn and Peter Coyote
recounts a harrowing tale of political persecution.

Created in 1996 by Robin Garthwait, Missing in Tibet won the Jury
Award, Telluride Mountain Film Festival, 1997 and Best Short Subject
Cultural Awareness, International Humanitarian Awards, 1998.

The film has been aired on PBS stations in Boston, Philadelphia,
Seattle, Denver, San Jose, Buffalo, Anchorage, Fairbanks and
Columbia, SC, and also broadcasted nationally in Australia and Hungary.

Taos Mountain Film Festival, as the name suggests, is a film festival
for mountaineers, mountain lovers and mountain characters. The Spine
at TMFF is Tibet. About a quarter of the festival's 40 films are
related to the struggle of Tibet's people and/or their spiritual leader.

COMPASSION IN EXILE, LEAVING FEAR BEHIND, DALAI LAMA: A PORTRAIT IN
THE FIRST, LEAVING FEAR BEHIND, PATH TO MOUNT KAILASH, WHY ARE WE
SILENT?, THE FATE OF THE LHAPAS and TIBET, CRY OF THE SNOW LION are
horde of other Tibet films featured at this year's Taos Mountain Film
Festival held from October 9 to 12.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
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