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Published by the Canada Tibet Committee

Sunday, January 4, 2004

2. 'We Are No Monks' Premieres in Dharamsala

Saturday, January 03, 2004

Dharamsala, January 3 - Pema Dhondup, the man behind the first Tibetan
feature film, says his movie was an attempt to ask his viewers if the
Tibetan struggle can take a violent turn in the future. "It's just a
question", he told reporters present at the Movie Den, the venue for the
premiere of his first venture into feature filmmaking.

Titled 'We are no monks', the movie depicts a story of four friends living
in Mcloed Ganj, the exile headquarters of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The cast includes bollywood villain Gulshan Grover who plays a local cop.
Gulshan did the role without any compensation. Some members of the cast and
crew were also present to watch the screening of the movie.

Gulshan, in an interview with TibetNet on the sets of the film in April, had
said, "The films made so far on Tibet has been only about either monks and
monasteries or earlier years of Tibet. No one has touched the topic of
today: Tibetan youth who have been living in exile, about their problems,
their thinking and their confusions. That reflects the problem of the entire
youth. So the film is very fascinating".

Pema calls his film a mix of fiction filmmaking and uncontrolled documentary
using real life scenes and people.

The film had been shot on locations around

Articles in this Issue:
  1. Maintain tradition of ahimsa, says the Dalai Lama
  2. 'We Are No Monks' Premieres in Dharamsala
  3. Seven days in Tibet
  4. Chinese authorities reward police station for "safeguarding the motherland's unification and peace in the border areas"
  5. Book reviews: 'Tibetian Buddhist Life'; 'A Day in the Life of Billy Graham'

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