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Cinema for Peace welcomes His Holiness the Dalai Lama

On the occasion of the visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in Wiesbaden CINEMA FOR PEACE presented the screening of the film Tibet in Song in the presence of the director Ngawang Chophel on August 22, 2011. In 2010 Tibet in Song won the CINEMA FOR PEACE International Human Rights Award in Cooperation with Anmesty International and the Human Rights Film Network for celebrating the traditional music of Tibet and picturing the cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet.

In the afternoon students of various schools of Wiesbaden took part in the Special Screening at Caligari Cinema, using the opportunity to ask director and former political prisoner Ngawang Chophel questions about the film and its history. Chophel born in Tibet, fled together with his family as a child to India. Soon after his return to Tibet for shooting a film about the Chinese impact of Tibetan music, he was arrested by Chinese intelligence agents. Falsely charging him with espionage, he was sentenced to 18 years of prison. A highly publicized international campaign, secured his release after six years.

On August 23, CINEMA FOR PEACE welcomed the monk Geshe Jamphel Senge as honoured guest at the FRIENDS-Lunch before accompanying His Holiness in presence of minister president of Hesse Volker Bouffier to the parliament of Hesse. In his speech the Dalai Lama mentioned, that a country and its culture only belong to its people, not to a repressive regime. Afterwards His Holiness visited the Villa Götzfried of CINEMA FOR PEACE Committee member Thomas Götzfried and Freunde für einen Freund e.V.. The Dalai Lama spoke about friendship within a circle of selected friends.

In the evening on August 22, a second Special Screening of the film Tibet in Song took place at Cinema Walhalla Bambi, followed by the CINEMA FOR PEACE TIBET DINNER 2011. Tsteten Samdup Chhoekyapa, Representative of His Holiness, gave a statement about the latest political situation in Tibet. He mentioned the vision of a free Tibet. Ngawang Chophel delivered insight in his work on Tibet in Song. Referring to the issue, several Trailers (you find below) were shown to raise the awareness for the situation in Tibet and especially for the threatened Tibetan Culture like Tibet in Song reveals.


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