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Tibetan Filmmakers Participate in Film Festivals in Italy

October 26, 2008

by Kalsang Tsering
Phayul
October 25, 2008

Napoli, Italy -- Three Tibetan filmmakers participated in the 4 film
festival, which is currently underway in Bolzano, Italy. Tsering
Rithar, Kalsang Tsering and Kalsang Rinchen were invited to screen
their films at the festival being held at Eurac research center in
Bolzano. The 3 Tibetans also took part in round table session
moderated by Gunnter Gologna, president of Italian Tibet society.

Karma, a feature film, and Spirit does not Come Anymore, a
documentary directed by Tsering Rithar, Joy of Living a documentary
film by Kalsang Tsering and Phantoms of Chittagong a documentary film
Kalsang Rinchen were received by the audience with applause. The
Silent Holy Stones and Grassland, directed by Pema Tsetan from Tibet
also were screened at the festival.

The filmmakers are currently in Napoli for 'Ciak Sul Cinema Tibetano'
a film festival organized by university f Napoli's Oriental studies
department with Stella Film and Modernissimo theatre. A conference on
Tibetan cinema was also organized alongside the screenings of the
films. Dorji Tsering aso known as Jangbu who wrote Tibetan films like
"Prince of Himalaya" talked about Tibetan documentary films in Tibet.
Robert Barnett of Columbia University spoke on History of Tibetan
Cinema in Tibet, and Francoise Robin of INALCO spoke on "Compassion
as the Counter-Hegemonic Discourse in Tibetan Cinema". Tsering Rhitar
Sherpa spoke on "The Theme of Search or Searching in the Current
Tibetan Cinema In Exile." Kalsang Rinchen and Kalsang Tsering spoke
on documentary films and Tibetan feature films in diasporic Tibetan
communities.

Tibetan films Dreaming Lhasa, Karma, Joy of Living, We Are No Monks,
We Homes Chaps, and others are being screened in Bolzano, Napoli and
Rome between 21 and 26 October, 2008.

The filmmakers will also attend a 3-day seminar on Tibetan cinema in
Rome beginning today. The Tibetan filmmakers are in Italy on the
invitation of ASIA ONLUS, an Italian NGO based in Rome, with funding
from the Italian Ministry of Finance.

While in Rome, the three Tibetan filmmakers also had an informal
interaction with the Oscar winning filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who
directed films like "The Last Emperor" and "The Little Buddha."
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