Free film on Tibet Friday |

Free film on Tibet Friday

In anticipation of the 10th anniversary visit of Tibetan Buddhist monks to Nevada County this month, Sierra Friends of Tibet will show a free documentary film on the situation inside an occupied Tibet.

“Leaving Fear Behind” is a heroic film about the Tibetan people who longed to bring their voices to the Beijing Olympic Games. The 24-minute film provides a much needed voice for the Tibetan people to share their views and grievances against foreign occupation of their country.

To make “Leaving Fear Behind,” Dhondup Wangchen and Golog Jigme, the film’s Tibetan filmmakers, interviewed over 100 Tibetans, collecting more than 40 hours of testimonies throughout Tibet.

The footage, which was smuggled out of their occupied homeland, “reveals with stark clarity that Tibetans are frustrated and embittered by the deterioration and marginalization of Tibetan language and culture; the destruction of the lifestyle of Tibetan nomads through Chinese forced settlement policies; the lack of religious freedom and the vilification of the Dalai Lama; and the broken promises made by the Chinese government to improve conditions in Tibet in the run up to the Olympic games,” explains the film’s official Web site. “All are united in their reverence for the Dalai Lama and long for him to return, and as some even dream, to attend the Olympic Games.”

Shortly after concluding the documentary, Dhondup and Golog were arrested. Human rights advocacy groups have reported the filmmakers have been tortured in captivity. The film’s footage was edited and completed by Gyaljong Tsertin, who now lives in Switzerland and is being shown to draw attention to the case.

This is a free educational event. Donations will be accepted and will be offered to the filmmaker’s families for aide and also used to support Sierra Friends of Tibet’s upcoming visit of Tibetan monks.

The film demonstrates the extraordinary capacity of human forgiveness and the potential for nonviolent social change. All are welcome.

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