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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Bangalore Premiere of "The Sun Behind the Clouds The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's Struggle for Freedom" on March 1, 2010

February 24, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Acclaimed filmmakers, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing
Sonam announce the Bangalore premiere of "The Sun
Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom"
in an event jointed hosted by Friends of Tibet
and Think Tibet. Winner of the Silver Conch Award
at the 11th Mumbai International Film Festival,
"The Sun Behind the Clouds" will be screened at
the Centre for Film and Drama, 5th floor, 71 Sona
Towers, Millers Road, Bangalore on Monday, March
01, 2010 at 6pm. The documentary will be
presented by Tenzin Tsundue, Tibetan poet-activist. Entry is free.

In The Sun Behind the Clouds, Sarin and Sonam
take a uniquely Tibetan perspective on the trials
and tribulations of the Dalai Lama and his people
as they continue their struggle for freedom in
the face of determined suppression by one of the
world’s biggest and most powerful nations. The
filmmakers had intimate access to the Dalai Lama
and followed him over the course of an eventful
year, which included the 2008 protests in Tibet,
the international response to it, the Beijing
Olympics, and the breakdown in talks between the
Dalai Lama and the Chinese government. Set
against this backdrop, the film explores the
interplay between the personal and the historic,
spirituality and politics, and the tension
between the Dalai Lama's efforts to find a
peaceful resolution to the Tibet situation based
on compromise and dialogue, and the impatience of
a younger generation of Tibetans who are ready to
take a more confrontational course.

The film had its North American premiere at the
recently concluded Palm Springs International
Film Festival in California where it became the
focus of much media attention when the Chinese
government tried to get the festival to remove
the film, ostensibly for its anti-China stand.
When the festival refused, two Chinese films were
withdrawn in retaliation. The film had three
sold-out screenings and a fourth was added when
it was voted one of the Best of the Fest films.

"In a welcome departure from many previous films
about the decades-long friction between Tibet and
China, "The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's
Struggle for Freedom" provides a two-sided view
of the complex political and social dynamics
within and outside Tibet. For the "struggle" in
the film's title is not merely against China but
also between competing Tibetan views regarding
the best strategy: co-existence or independence.
The film is essential viewing for anyone who
cares about the fate of the mountain region and
the legacy of the Dalai Lama." (Variety, a leading US film trade journal)

* * *

The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom
(2009, 79 mins, HD)

Official website: www.thesunbehindtheclouds.com

A White Crane Films production in association
with Arch Communications, GmbH, Austria; Roland
Films, USA;; France 5 Television; BOS Holland

Executive Producers: Francesca von Habsburg and Lavinia Currier

Camera: Graham Day, Jaimie Gramston, Tenzing
Sonam, Stephen McCarthy, John Sergeant, Dilip Varma, Tenzin Tsetan Choklay

Music: Gustavo Santaolalla -- Oscar-winning
composer of Brokeback Mountain and Babel

Editor: Anupama Chandra, Mahadeb Shi

* * *

Fifty years have passed since the takeover of
Tibet by China. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual
and temporal leader, has lived in exile for most
of his life, trying to find a peaceful solution
to the Tibet issue by giving up the goal of
independence in an attempt to reach a compromise
with China. But his efforts have failed to yield
any positive outcome, and his people are becoming more frustrated.

March 2008. Tibet erupts as the biggest uprising
since China took control in 1959, spreads across
the country. The Tibetan people, for one brief
moment, demonstrate to the world their
unhappiness under Chinese rule and their desire
for freedom. But China cracks down hard on the
protests. It is also the year of the Beijing Olympics.

Even as the unrest spreads in Tibet, exile
Tibetans in India, frustrated by the lack of
political progress, set out on a march back to
their homeland, convinced that this is the only
action they can take to support their countrymen.

This is a year of dramatic possibilities for
Tibet. Will the marchers make it back to Tibet?
Will the world stand firm in its support of Tibet
even as China prepares for its biggest coming-out
party? Can the Dalai Lama finally achieve a
breakthrough in his efforts to negotiate a
settlement with China and silence the growing
voices of dissent among his own people? Can his
strategy of non-violence and compromise based on
his Buddhist beliefs finally find success?

In The Sun Behind the Clouds, Tibetan filmmaker,
Tenzing Sonam, and his partner, Ritu Sarin, take
a uniquely Tibetan perspective on the trials and
tribulations of the Dalai Lama and his people as
they continue their struggle for freedom in the
face of determined suppression by one of the
world’s biggest and most powerful nations. The
filmmakers had intimate access to the Dalai Lama
and followed him over the course of an eventful
year, which included the 2008 protests in Tibet,
the international response to it, the Beijing
Olympics, and the breakdown in talks between the
Dalai Lama and the Chinese government.

Set against this backdrop, the film explores the
interplay between the personal and the historic,
spirituality and politics, and the tension
between the Dalai Lama's efforts to find a
peaceful resolution to the Tibet situation based
on compromise and dialogue, and the impatience of
a younger generation of Tibetans who are ready to
take a more confrontational course.

* * *

The film had its world premiere at the DMZ Korean
International Documentary Festival in October 2009

It will have its London premiere at the Human
Rights Watch International Film Festival in March 2010

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