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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Chinese government objects to Tibetan film that will screen at SIFF

April 11, 2010

by Maria Christensen
April 9, 2010

When the Palm Springs International Film Festival announced earlier this
year that it would screen the film, "The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet's
Struggle for Freedom," the Chinese government asked the organizers to cancel
the screening. The festival politely and firmly declined to pull the movie
and China's film bureau and ministry of foreign affairs withdrew two Chinese
films from the festival in protest. The festival went on.

Now the Seattle International Film Festival plans to screen "The Sun Behind
the Clouds" from April 16th through April 22nd, and the filmmakers will be
on hand to discuss the movie.

"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. For more than 20 years, he has
pursued his Middle Way Approach: giving up the goal of Tibet's independence
in return for genuine autonomy. China has consistently rejected his
proposals. Now more and more young Tibetans, ready for a more
confrontational course, are questioning his strategy. Can the Dalai Lama's
path of peace and compromise find a solution for Tibet? Or will the voices
calling for independence prevail? The filmmakers followed the Dalai Lama
over the course of an eventful year, which included the 2008 protests in
Tibet, the long march in India, the Beijing Olympics, and the breakdown of
talks with the Chinese government."

The film will play at SIFF Cinema at 7:30 pm on weekdays; 2 pm, 4 pm and
7:30 pm on Saturday, April 17th; and 2 pm, 4 pm and 6:30 pm on Sunday, April
17th. Tickets are available now.

"Filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam will be in attendance at the April
16, 17, and 18 screenings to participate in conversation and Q&A with the
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