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Trailer of the Week: 80th Birthday Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama was celebrating his 80th birthday outside of his homeland.

The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader was enthroned in 1940, but had to flee to India during an uprising against Chinese forces in 1959 and has been in exile ever since. Cinema for Peace is supporting the struggle for human rights and justice for the Tibetan people since 2004 when the founder of Cinema for Peace visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala at his home.

Cinema for Peace honored the chairman of International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), actor and social activist Richard Gere at Cinema for Peace 2007 in Berlin. While giving his acceptance speech, Gere presented the film footage taken by the Romanian cameraman Sergiu Matei of the death of the Tibetan nun Kelsang Namtso who was shot by a Chinese border patrol while trying to cross the Nangpa Pass into Nepal with a group of over 70 other asylum seekers. The footage was the first irrefutable documentary evidence of China’s treatment of Tibetans escaping into exile. It is part of the documentary 'Tibet: Murder In The Snow'.

The successful 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing were affected by human rights violations in China as well as in Tibet. Over 100 world champions and Olympic winners campaigned for human rights and Olympic Ideals, a campaign that Cinema for Peace initiated with Sports for Peace, ICT and Amnesty.

Cinema for Peace co-hosted a reception and speech in Germany where the Dalai Lama called for cultural self-determination of Tibet. He emphasized that all attempts to destroy the Tibetan Culture during the last 50 years were in vain. In this context Cinema for Peace showed 'Tibet in Song' as an example of existing Tibetan Culture. The film had won the Cinema for Peace International Human Rights Award in Cooperation with Amnesty International and the Human Rights Film Network for celebrating the traditional music of Tibet and picturing the cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet.

The tensions between Beijing and Tibet are most likely to increase even further when it comes to find a successor for the 14th Dalai Lama. Beijing is planning to take over control by putting in place someone in their favor. However, the 14th Dalai Lama replied with a smile: "I dreamed, I will become 113 years old. My doctor says, I will be 100."


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August 13th 2018, at the Schikaneder Kino in Vienna / Address: Margaretenstraße 24, A - 1040 Wien