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Film: The Sun Behind the Clouds Makes Arizona Premiere in Sedona Arizona

June 24, 2010

Gateway to Sedona (USA)
June 22, 2010

Sedona, Arizona -- The Sedona International Film
Festival is proud to present the exclusive
Arizona premiere of the award-winning documentary
“The Sun Behind the Clouds” on Thursday, July 1.
There will be two screenings of the film at 4 and
7 p.m. at the Sedona Creative Life Center. The
film is being presented by the Sedona
International Film Festival in this one-night-only special engagement.

The film has been recognized around the world as
one of the most dynamic and important film
exploring Tibet’s struggle for freedom. Critics
and audiences are applauding the film’s balance
and two-sided view of the complex political and
social dynamics within and outside Tibet.

Sheri Linden with The Hollywood Reporter calls
the film "essential viewing for anyone who cares
about the fate of the mountain region and the legacy of the Dalai Lama."

Filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam will be
in Sedona to host the screenings and a Q&A discussion after both shows.

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.

Crowd Around Dalai Lama Image In The Sun Behind
The Clouds Showing In Sedona ArizonaMarch 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?

Dalai LamaIn "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.

Marcher From The Sun Behind The CloudsFilmmakers
Ritu and Tenzing will be in Sedona for the
screenings and Q&A discussions as they tour
across the Southwest bringing this important film
to audiences in the United States. They have been
working together since 1983. For the past 20
years, the subject of Tibet, in all its many
aspects has been their primary focus. Through
their work they have attempted to document,
question, and reflect on, the issues of exile,
cultural identity and political aspiration that
confront the Tibetan diaspora. At the same time,
they have consciously made an effort to dispel
some of the more romanticized and exoticised
representations of Tibet and its culture that
have found currency in the Western imagination,
by taking a more intimate, sensitive and
realistic perspective. They currently work out of
Dharamsala, New Delhi and London.

The title sponsor for the event is the
Goldenstein Gallery. The lodging host is Sedona
Rouge Hotel & Spa. Additional support is provided
by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the
National Endowment for the Arts, the City of
Sedona, and the Sedona Community Foundation.

"The Sun Behind the Clouds" will be shown at the
Sedona Creative Life Center on Thursday, July 1
at 4 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film
Sedona members, and will be available starting at
3 p.m. that day at the Sedona Creative Life
Center, located at 333 Schnebly Hill Road. Cash
or checks only are accepted. Film Sedona members
can purchase tickets in advance at the Sedona
International Film Festival office, 1785 W. Hwy.
89A, Suite 2B, or by calling 928-282-1177.

For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.com
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