This film depicts a journey of Tash Despa, who returns to Tibet after 10 years to report on the terrible oppression of the region by China.
Always scared of the military presence, the film is a shot in extreme conditions – everything must be kept secret, the witnesses that agree to talk on the camera are either scared to death that the Chinese soldiers are going to come and kill them and their families or are in such a state that they almost seem nothing worse can happen to them than what the soldiers have already done.
There is 1 policeman per every 20 Tibetans. Many of the locals have undergone forced sterilizations and torture. Monasteries were shut down and the nomadic Tibetans forced to live in ghettos (here I was really wondering – many people in the hall sympathize with the Tibetans without realizing the resemblance to the restrictions forced onto the Roma in Europe over centuries and the inevitable outcome we see now.. amazing).
Tahs Despa was present at the screening of the film at the One World festival in Prague this spring and was so kind to answer questions after the screening. When asked what we can do to support Tibet, he thanked for all the efforts already done and suggested a boycott of Chinese products.
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