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'The Sun Behind the Clouds' to be screened in India

January 30, 2010

Phayul
January 29, 2010

Dharamsala, Jan 29 -- 'The Sun Behind the Clouds:
Tibet's Struggle for Freedom,’ a documentary film
that was recently declared an "audience
documentary favorite" at the 21st Annual Palm
Springs International Film Festival, will have
its Mumbai and Dehi premières next month, its
Delhi-based filmmakers have announced.

The film will be screened in Mumbai on February 7
as part of the international competition section
of the Mumbai International Film Festival. On
February 12 the The Foundation for Universal
Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
India International Centre (IIC) will joinlty
host a screening of the documentary in Delhi.

The documentary by a Tibetan filmmaker Tenzing
Sonam and his Indian wife Ritu Sarin was among a
total of 188 films from 70 countries that had
made it to the prestigious international film festival.

Its popularity soared at the film festival
following Chinese authorities' protest over its
screening. Two Chinese movies selected for the
event were later withdrawn after its organisers
declined Chinese government representatives'
request to cancel screenings of the film.

"After meeting with representatives from the
Chinese government regarding their request to
cancel our screenings of The Sun Behind The
Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom, we have
respectfully declined their request," festival
director Darryl Macdonald said at the time.

The controversy contributed to sold out audience
during its scheduled screenings at the festival
and received rave reviews from some moviegoers.
As a result, the film fest organisers also added an additional screening.

The film was screened under ‘True Stories’ section.

With unusual intimate access, filmmakers Sonam
and Sarin find a unique perspective on the Dalai
Lama's trials and tribulations and follow him
over an eventful year, including the 2008
protests in Tibet, the long march to Tibet in
India, the Beijing Olympics and the breakdown of
talks with China. Set against this backdrop, the
film explores the interplay between the personal
and the historic, spirituality and politics, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's efforts to find a
peaceful resolution to the Tibet situation based
on peaceful dialogue, and the impatience of a younger generation of Tibetans.

Oscar-winning composer of Brokeback Mountain and
Babel, Gustavo Santaolalla, provided music to the documentary.

Screening details:

Mumbai: 2:30 pm; Sunday, 7 February 2010,
National Centre for the Performing Arts
New Delhi: 6:30 pm; Friday, 12 February 2010, India International Centre
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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