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Tibet In Song

August 20, 2010

Female First (UK)
August 17, 2010

Tibet in Song  is both a celebration of
traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing
journey into the past fifty years of cultural
repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet.

Director and former Tibetan political prisoner,
Ngawang Choephel, weaves a story of beauty, pain,
brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to
the world in a way never before seen on film.

The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is
showcased through a variety of working songs,
songs about family and the beauty of the land.

These rarely seen performances are deftly
juxtaposed against startling footage of the early
days of the Chinese invasion and a concise
explanation of the factors leading to the Dalai
Lama's flight into exile in 1959.

Ngawang Choephel sets the stage for a unique
exploration of the Chinese impact on Tibetans inside Tibet.

What follows is a heartbreaking tale of cultural
exploitation and resistance, which includes
Ngawangs' own eventual imprisonment for recording
the very songs at the center of the film.

Tibet in Song provides raw and uncensored look at
Tibet as it stands today, a country plagued by
Chinese brutality, yet willing to fight for the
existence of its unique cultural heritage.

Tibet in Song is directed by Ngawang Choephel,
and contains both original music composed by
Ngawang himself, and an array of traditional folk
songs sung by native Tibetans.
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