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Tibet Film Festival 2010 in London

July 9, 2010

By Adrienn Gecse
London Insider
July 7, 2010

The Tibet Film Festival has arrived again in
London for the third year running. Although in a
city like London one can easily watch a play
written by a Nigerian writer on one day, and the
following day can get a glimpse into Argentinean
music if one wishes so; it does not happen very
often that we have the chance to experience a
comprehensive picture about Tibet, its culture
and the people’s struggle during the last few decades.

For some reason the country is still not well
known by the West. Naturally, most of us have
heard about His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and
the country’s links with China, and we also know
that many Hollywood celebrities have converted to
and are exponents of the Tibetan form of Buddhism
called Lamaism. However, few of us have been
lucky enough to get closer to this fascinating
country with its incomparable cultural heritage
and breathtaking landscapes. Fortunately, the
Tibet Film Festival aims to offer an insight into
Tibetan art and culture for Londoners.

This year’s programme, launched on the 1st of
July in Cinéphilia West with a drink reception,
has six strands, of which my personal favourite
(and really looking forward to see some of the
short films and documentaries of this section) is
the impact of global warming on the Tibetan
Plateau and its effects on downstream communities
across Asia. Another exciting topic explored
during the festival is one of the diversity and
richness of Tibetan culture in exile.

The festival showcases over 30 films from
Tibetan, Indian and other international
filmmakers. Moreover, this year’s festival
includes numerous special events like a
photography exhibition in Cinéphilia West (1-31
July, 171 Westbourne Grove, W11 2RS), a panel
discussion with Isabel Hilton, journalist and
broadcaster in the Asia House (12 July, 63 New
Cavendish St., W1G 7LP), and a music event with
Damien Rice (29 July, ICA, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH), among many others.

The Tibet Film Festival is a non-profit
initiative and any proceeds from the festival
will be donated to community projects in the
Tibetan exile community through the Tibet House
Trust. The organizers also would like to support
the Kyegudo area of Kham, which was struck by a
devastating earthquake only some months ago, on 14th April 2010.

The Festival will run in various venues across
the city throughout July before going on tour from August.
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