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Media Advisory: Tibet Film Festival 2009

March 3, 2009

Images and Reflections on Tibet
The Office of Tibet, London
March 2, 2009

Through an Exile Lens Project and Tibet House Trust will present "Tibet Film Festival 2009 - Images and Reflections on Tibet" throughout the UK between
mid-March and the end of May (see Note 1 below for locations/dates). March 2009 marks the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising against China’s
rule and 50 years in exile for the Tibetan exile community.

Joanna Lumley, actress and long-term champion of human rights causes, will launch the Tibet Film Festival 2009 at the Houses of Parliament on Wednesday 4th
March.

The festival largely focuses on new films made by independent filmmakers, both Tibetan and from around the world. The festival line-up comprises documentaries
filmed undercover in Tibet, material to emerge from both in and outside Tibet in response to the widespread protests which swept across the Tibetan Plateau in
2008 and films that shed light on the little understood system of reincarnation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The programme also includes films exploring Tibet in
relation to its neighbours, particularly India and Nepal.

Highlights of the festival include a number of UK premieres and a specially curated compilation of rarely seen archive footage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in
Lhasa, capital of Tibet, prior to March 1959 when he visited the great monasteries of Drepung, Sera and Ganden to take his examinations in Buddhist theology. The
final examination took place in Lhasa during the Tibetan New Year festival of 1959, just weeks before he was forced to escape into exile to India.

A press release for the launch event will be issued on 3rd March. Details of the films presented, venues and other festival information can be found in the attached
brochure.

If you would like any further information in the meantime, please feel free to contact us.

CONTACT:
Chonpel Tsering (Mr.)
Secretary/Press & Information Officer
The Office of Tibet/Tibet House Trust
Tibet House
1 Culworth Street
London, NW8 7AF (UK)
Office: +44 (0)20 7722 5378
Mobile: +44 (0)7823 775 607
Email: info@tibet.com

(The Office of Tibet, London, is the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for UK, Northern Europe, Poland & the Baltic States)

Note 1: Tibet Film Festival 2009 locations & dates

* London - 13th/17th/19th/20th/27th March, 4th/5th April
* Oxford - 17th/19th/22nd/30th March
* Exeter - 20th/22nd/29th/30th March
* Newcastle - 24th/31st March, 1st/2nd/7th/8th/9th/14th/21st/28th April
* Southampton - 27th/28th March
* Sheffield - 19th/20th/23rd/27th/30th April
* Glasgow - late April (dates to be confirmed)
* Hebden Bridge - late April (dates to be confirmed)
* Nottingham - 1st-6th May
* Edinburgh - 7th-14th May
* Bristol - May (dates to be confirmed)
* Manchester - late May (dates to be confirmed)
 
Note 2: Information on festival organisers

Tibet House Trust:

Tibet House Trust is a UK registered charity that was inaugurated in 1994 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the patron of the Trust. Tibet House Trust works with
the Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala, India, to deliver educational, health, cultural and other projects for Tibetan communities in exile, particularly
in India and Nepal. Tibet House Trust is the charitable wing of the Office of Tibet in London, the official agency of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the UK,
Northern Europe, Poland and the Baltic States.
( http://www.tibet-house-trust.co.uk)

Through an Exile Lens:
Through an Exile Lens Project was launched in the UK in May 2008 with the aim of celebrating Tibetan visual culture whilst equally seeking to foster a deeper
understanding of the Tibet issue at this critical time in Tibet’s history. Working closely with Tibetan filmmakers and artists in exile, the project serves as a platform for
both established and emerging talent from within the Tibetan community.
http://www.throughanexilelens.org/

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