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Film Festival: Bettini, Dalai Lama in Next Edition

December 15, 2007

Agenzia Giornalistica Italia, Italy

(AGI) - Rome, Dec 14, 2007 - The Dalai Lama will certainly participate
in the next Rome Film Festival and, probably, the directors who have
told the story of Tibet like Berdando Bertolucci and Martin Scorsese. A
'friend of the Eastern culture', senator Goffredo Bettini, said this
during the lecture of the Dalai Lama today in Rome. "I have asked the
Dalai Lama to organise with us a day dedicated to the people of Tibet"
the national coordinator of the Democratic Party explained. "Films and
documentaries will be shown which tell the true story and, still at the
next Film Festival, the Dalai Lama will present the day dedicated to his
people". The idea was welcomed by the religious leader, Bettini
explained, "I must still ask Martin Scorsese and Bernardo Bertolucci to
participate and to show their work on Tibet. I will do so today and will
contact them personally soon. I hope their commitments will not keep
them from being present". The meeting of the senator also had a
political value as he explains: "it was a meeting I had as president of
the Film Festival and as coordinator of the Democratic Party, with a
feeling of friendship I feel for this religious leader who manages to
have an impact on the world with his battle for peace". Bettini
underlined his "appreciation for the fight of the people of Tibet for
its autonomy, in respect for the Chinese authorities, without asking for
independence. A fight inspired on the principles of tolerance, fought
with the serenity also Italian politics would need".
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