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Documentaries of Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom at BAMPFA

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Beginning March 16th, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) will be presenting Committed Cinema. This film series will feature the works of Indian-born filmmakers Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, and will be screening two films, both of which documents the continuing struggle for freedom in Tibet.

The film series begins with The Sun Behind the Clouds (2009). This documentary goes inside of the moment where China is preparing for the Olympics in Beijing in 2008, only for the year to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the takeover of Tibet. The film documents the uprising in Tibetan cities and a march from exiled Tibetans.

On Thursday March 20th, BAMPFA will present the film Dreaming Lhasa (2005). It is about a New York journalist name Karma, who arrives in the city of Dharamasala, which is the home of the Dalai Lama in exile. During her stay, she researches the stories of former Tibetan political prisoners, while becoming immersed in the world of the Tibetan diaspora, where a younger generation wrestles with shifting identities, as they are natives of India.

Sarin and Sonam will be in person for both screenings, and an “In Conversation” period will be included on the same day as the screening of Dreaming Lhasa. Log on to for more information.


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