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CU-Boulder hosting Tibet Film Festival (VIDEO)

November 9, 2009

CU students organize film fest for anthropology class
By Christy Fantz,
Colorado Daily
November 7, 2009

What: University of Colorado's Tibet Film Festival

When: November 6-14, 2009

Where: Museum Collections and Education
buildings, at Broadway and College Avenue, on the CU campus

Cost: Free

University of Colorado professor Carole
McGranahan acquired a soft spot in her heart for
Tibet when she studied abroad in Nepal in college.

"Although I was entirely smitten by Nepal,"
McGranahan said, "it was when I met the Tibetan
refugees and the stories they told me that stayed with me when I came home.

"It was interesting to learn the story of Tibet while living in Nepal."

McGranahan's anthropology class on Tibet is
organizing the campus' inaugural Tibet Film Festival, which starts tonight.

McGranahan, who has been teaching at CU since
2001, has hosted a small Tibet film series before, but never one at this level.

"We wanted to have an actual film festival and
open it to the Boulder and Tibetan communities,"
McGranahan said. "There are many amazing films on
Tibet ... and I thought this provided a good chance to celebrate Tibet."

The students organized the festival as part of a class assignment.

CU graduate student Marnie Thomson, who is the
lead teaching assistant for the course, said the
class of about 250 was split into four recitations.

The students were quartered into one of four
groups for the films: publicity, creating a
program, hosting a Q&A or fundraising.

"The fundraising helps bring not only an
awareness about Tibet, but it's also a way to
help make an impact," Thomson said. "I think the
project engages the students and helps to get
them interested in anthropology and culture of Tibet."

CU junior Jessica McNierney said she signed up
for the class to fill a requirement, but, in
retrospect, she is happy she took the class.

"I've always read about the struggle between
China and Tibet," McNierney said. "This class is
a good way to learn about the history of Tibet
and it raises awareness about that part of the world."

McNierney is part of a publicity group that is in
charge of promoting the 2008 film "The Unwinking
Gaze," which plays Saturday in the Education building.

Her group has been distributing fliers around
town and created a Facebook page to promote the film.

"It's good for the students to feel like they
have something that they've helped create,"
Thomson said. "It's not just completing an
assignment. It goes beyond the classroom."

McNierney said with the large Tibetan population
in Boulder and a local interest in learning more
about the Dalai Lama, she thinks people will enjoy the festival.

McGranahan said the project encourages students
to think outside of the classroom.

"I want the students to draw in their peers and
the local community to engage others in
conversations about Tibet," McGranahan said.


Friday, November 6, 7:00 pm MCOL W100 -- Milarepa

Saturday, November 7, 1:00 pm EDUC 220 -- The
Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche, Thread of Karma

Saturday, November 7, 3:30 pm EDUC 220 -- Unwinking Gaze

Sunday, November 8, 1:00 pm EDUC 220 -- Kekexili

Sunday, November 8, 3:30 pm EDUC 220 -- Dancing in Amdo

Monday, November 9, 7:00 pm MCOL W 100 -- Saltmen of Tibet

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 pm EDUC 220 -- Windhorse

Wednesday, November 11, 7:00 pm MCOL W 100 -- Dreaming Lhasa

Thursday, November 12, 7:00 pm EDUC 220 -- Samasara

Friday, November 13, 7:00 pm MCOL W 100 -- Distorted Propaganda

Saturday, November 14, 1:00 pm EDUC 220 -- The Cup

Saturday, November 14, 3:30 pm EDUC 220 -- Travellers and Magicians
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