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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Oxford native returns for documentary screening

January 25, 2009

Oxford Press
Friday, January 23, 2009
 
Dalai Lama Renaissance, the award-winning 81-minute feature documentary narrated by Harrison Ford, screens in Oxford at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, at the Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave.
 
The film is produced and directed by Oxford native Khashyar Darvich, who will conduct a Q&A session after the screening. His biography is available at www.dalailamafilm.com/Khashyar-Darvich-Biography.
 
"There is nothing more satisfying than returning to Oxford after 23 years and sharing this film with the community that I grew up with," Darvich said.
 
"Even though Dalai Lama Renaissance has screened in dozens of cities around the world, the Oxford screening will be one of the most special. It feels like coming home."
 
Darvich grew up in Oxford from kindergarten until his first year of college.
 
Dalai Lama Renaissance is among the top-grossing documentaries of 2008. This film on human rights and world peace has played to sold-out audiences at film festivals around the world. Dalai Lama Renaissance has won a dozen film festival awards, and is the official selection of 40 film festivals around the world.
 
The film tells the story of 40 Western innovative thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve the problem of world peace. What happened was surprising and unexpected, and was captured by a five-camera, 18-person crew.
 
This is the first film about the Dalai Lama and Tibet to open theatrically in the United States since the international spotlight placed on China for its firm handling of Tibetan protestors speaking out against Chinese policies in Tibet.
 
In the documentary, the Dalai Lama discusses the calls for economic sanctions against China, and emphasizes that he could not support economic sanctions toward China since it would hurt the ordinary Chinese poor.
 
"I narrated Dalai Lama Renaissance," said Harrison Ford, "because I believe His Holiness is making a positive influence in our world. For me, the film represented an opportunity to continue assisting the optimistic efforts of an extraordinary individual."
 
The film's Web site is www.dalailamafilm.com.
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