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Screening of Archive Films on Tibet in Brazil

August 27, 2010

Tsewang Phuntso, Liaison Officer - Latin America,
Office of Tibet, New York
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
August 25, 2010

Rio de Janeiro -- A series of rare archive films
on Tibet are being screened at Caixa Cultural
Institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 24 to
29 August 2010. The Caixa Cultural Institute, the
pride of Rio de Janeiro City, facilitates several
theaters, music shows, dance and spectacular
exhibitions of arts and craft from time to time.

During this week-long screening of films on
Tibet, the residents of Rio de Janeiro City will
get an opportunity to get a glimpse of historical
Tibet as well as the reconstruction efforts of
the Tibetan refugees in India in the early years of exile.

In the historical section, the films include
three silent films taken by the German
expeditions into Tibet in the 1920's as well as a
historical record of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
taking the rigorous oral examination for his
Geshe Lharmpa degree in Lhasa (filmed between
1958 and 1959 weeks prior to the Tibetan Uprising
and subsequent flight of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to India).

In the section on early exile story, the films
include: Tashi Writes a Letter, a 1964
documentary which looks intimately at early
Tibetan exile life in Darjeeling, India; Tibetan
Story, a 1965 documentary which examines the
problems and needs of the Tibetan refugees in the
early stage of their exile and roles played by
Church organisations in meeting the needs; Home
Away from Home, a documentary directed by Ramesh
Gupta which records the early exile years of the
Tibetan refugees in India; and Raid Into Tibet, a
1964 documentary made by George Patterson about a
secret mission by Tibetan guerillas based in
Mustang, Nepal, to raid a Chinese military truck convoy inside Tibet.

The film screening programme is jointly organised
by the Caixa Cultural Institute and Tibetan Film
Archive Project, which was initiated by Tenzin
Phuntsog, a Columbia University graduate in Fine
Arts, in collaboration with the Office of Tibet, New York.

On 28 August, there will be a panel discussion by
Tenzin Phuntsog and Brazilean art critic and
curator Fernando Oliva on the restoration work of rare films on Tibet.
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