Indian film on Tibet raises China’s hackles – IANS
‘Dreaming Lhasa‘, produced by Hollywood star Richard Gere and made by the husband-wife team of Indian Ritu Sarin and Tibetan exile Tenzing Sonam, premiered at the Imaginasian Theater in New York Friday and is also set to be screened in seven major US cities, including Chicago, San Francisco and Boston.
The film, depicting the plight of the exiled Tibetan community in India, gleans Sonam’s own experiences as a first-generation Tibetan who was born and brought up in India and then lived most of his adult life in the West before returning to Dharamsala in north India, the seat of exiled Tibetan leader and Nobel laureate the Dalai Lama.
Hailed as the first major feature film by a Tibetan to deal with contemporary Tibet, ‘Dreaming Lhasa’ has been a thorn in the flesh of the Chinese government that has reportedly been trying to prevent it from being screened abroad in the fear that it will focus new attention on the plight of Tibetans in China, ahead of the Olympic Games to be hosted by Beijing in 2008. [Full Text]