September 17, 2010

Tibetan Film Festival sets the stage

"The Sun Behind the Clouds"

"No. 16 Barkhor South Street¿"

"The Prince of the Himalayas¿"

Prepare for the upcoming visit of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama by attending Emory’s second Tibetan Film Festival.

This mini-festival, hosted by the Emory-Tibet Partnership, Department of Film Studies, the Center for International Programs Abroad and Students for a Free Tibet,  showcases three recent, award-winning films related to Tibet. Free and open to the public, all screenings will include a brief introduction and a question-and-answer session immediately after the movie.

Festival organizers said that films were selected for their cinemagraphic excellence, notable for the light they shed on the differing ways in which Tibet, Tibetans and Tibetan-ness are represented by contemporary, non-Western filmmakers.

The festival begins Monday, Sept. 20 with “The Sun Behind the Clouds” (2009), a documentary by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin that focuses on a series of tumultuous events leading up to the 50th year anniversary of Tibet’s occupation.

Monday, Sept. 27 is “No. 16 Barkhor South Street” (1996), a cinema vérité piece by Duan Jinchuan, that depicts the day-to-day workings of a Chinese government office located in the heart of Lhasa, and the complex, politically charged, sometimes humorous interactions between officials and citizens.

“The Prince of the Himalayas” (2007), a lavish Tibet-centered adaptation of Hamlet by Sherwood Hu, on Monday, Oct. 4, concludes the festival.

All films will be screened in White Hall 206 at 8 p.m.

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