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Movie Review: Have a Heart

June 20, 2008

Fundraiser will feature film screening
by Dana Dugan
Idaho Montain Express (USA)
June 18, 2008

A Tibetan woman and her baby are among those who have been aided by
the work of health care professionals with One Heart. Photo by Courtesy photo

There are many fundraisers and benefits around the valley, and
sometimes you have to look deeper inside for reasons to commit time
and money. Not for us here in Blaine County, but for the larger
family of women the Anne Reed Gallery in Ketchum will host "An
Evening with One HEART Tibet" on Saturday, June 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Among associated events will be the world premiere at the Magic
Lantern of Steve Crisman's documentary "Compassion: The Dalai Lama
Visits Sun Valley."

The film captures the events of His Holiness the Dalai Lama's visit
in 2005. This film captures both the events and the impact it had on
the lives of people through his message of compassion.

Following the debut, the benefit will move to the Anne Reed Gallery
for a silent and live auction with Dave Reynolds, who does the Sun
Valley Wine Auction. There will be appetizers, beer and wine served.
There will be a period set aside for a talk with Crisman about the film.

The first One HEART fundraiser in the valley was in 2005. Since then,
several valley residents have joined the board and become friends
with the organization's Founder and Executive Director, Arlene Samen.
One HEART, which stands for health, education, and research in Tibet,
counts among its supporters Ketchum residents Ann Down, Steve Crisman
and Mariel Hemingway and Jay Blumenkopf. The affection and respect
goes both ways.

"The local residents have such a deep love for the Himalayan region
and the people and embrace the Buddhist philosophy of compassion,"
Samen said. "It's one of the most compassionate communities I've ever
seen. I really feel Sun Valley is my second home because of that.
People reach out to other people."

Founded in 1998, One HEART trains care providers at all levels of the
local health care infrastructure. The organization is rare in that
its programs collaborate with the local health authorities, including
the Director of the Lhasa Prefecture and the Women's Federation, a
Chinese advocacy organization.

With cultural sensitivity, One HEART's trained health care providers
bring hope to areas that have never had education regarding health
concerns and reproduction. One HEART's physicians teach midwifery
skills and supply birthing kits, prenatal vitamins and life-saving
medications to families in remote areas for a safer delivery.

"People want to help but don't know what to do," Samen said. "What I
can do is save the moms and babies. Tibetans need us more than ever
due to their isolation, living circumstances and the multiple
challenges they face."

Tibetans consider the blood from childbirth to be a pollutant. If
such blood contaminated the home, it could curse the entire family.
These beliefs left women to deliver their children in unheated barns or sheds.

A Salt Lake City-based maternal-fetal medicine Nurse Practitioner,
Samen spent 20 years volunteering for health programs in Mexico,
Nepal, India, Philippines, Tanzania, Madagascar, and many parts of
South America. She has been actively involved in Tibet for more than
a decade and lives in Lhasa, Tibet four months out of the year to
oversee all aspects of One HEART's projects and to be with her Tibetan family.

In March, Samen was chosen by CNN's panel of judges as an unheralded
person who found "hope and practical solutions to some of the most
challenging women's healthcare issues in many regions of the world."

For tickets visit, and click on events at bottom of page.
Fundraiser schedule

When: 4 p.m. "Compassion: The Dalai Lama Visits Sun Valley" 5:30-7:30
p.m. Gallery fundraiser.

Where: Screening at Magic Lantern with filmmaker. Entertainment, live
and silent auction at Anne Reed Gallery, Ketchum.

Tickets: $125 per person. Space is limited.
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