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Tibet Film Festival 2010 in London

Published 7 July 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. To download the official Tibet Film Festival 2010 for a full listing of events, please click here.