China Is Trying Tibetan Filmmaker for Subversion
Dhondup Wangchen has been charged with state subversion for his documentary “Leaving Fear Behind,” a film critical of the Chinese government. From Andrew Jacobs of the New York Times:
A self-taught filmmaker who spent five months interviewing Tibetans about their hopes and frustrations living under Chinese rule is facing charges of state subversion after the footage was smuggled abroad and distributed on the Internet and at film festivals around the world.
Dhondup Wangchen, who has been detained since March 2008, just weeks after deadly rioting broke out in Tibet, managed to sneak out a letter from jail last month saying that his trial had begun.
“There is no good news I can share with you,” he wrote in the letter, which was provided by a cousin in Switzerland. “It is unclear what the sentence will be.”
Below, the documentary: