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Emory anticipates Dalai Lama visit with free Tibetan Film Festival

By Howard Pousner
hpousner@ajc.com

Celebrating the Dalai Lama’s Oct. 17-19 visit to Emory University, the school is presenting its second Tibetan Film Festival starting Sept. 20.

The films were selected “not only for their cinemagraphic excellence, but in order to expose our audience to Tibetan, Indian, and Chinese directors rarely shown in the United States,” according to an Emory release. “These works are also notable for the light they shed on the differing ways in which Tibet, Tibetans, Tibetan-ness, etc., are represented by contemporary, non-western filmmakers.”

The free screenings will be shown at 8 p.m. on three consecutive Mondays  in room 206, White Hall, 301 Dowman Drive, Atlanta. Each will include a brief introduction and a Q & A session immediately afterwards.

The lineup (with descriptions from Emory):

Monday, Sept. 20

“The Sun Behind the Clouds” by Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin

(Documentary, India/UK, 2009, 79 minutes, color, English, Tibetan, and Mandarin, with English subtitles.)

Riveting documentary focuses on a series of tumultuous events leading up to the 50th year anniversary of Tibet’s occupation.

Monday, Sept. 27

“No. 16, Barkhor South Street” by Duan Jinchuan

(Documentary, China, 1996, 100 minutes, color, Tibetan and Chinese with English subtitles)

Cinema vérité piece depicts the day-to-day workings of a Chinese government office located in the heart of Lhasa, and the complex, politically charged, sometimes humorous interactions between cadres and citizens.

Monday, Oct. 4

“The Prince of the Himalayas” by Sherwood Hu

(Feature, China, 2006, 108 minutes, color, Tibetan with English subtitles)

A lavish Tibet-centered adaptation of “Hamlet.”

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