|With very special guest speaker Tibetan Buddhist monk and ex-political prisoner of 33 years, Palden Gyatso
[London 14-21 March 2009] Tibet Society is honoured to be hosting the London, Cardiff, Bristol, Norwich and Edinburgh premieres of the acclaimed new film ‘Fire Under the Snow’ with very special guest from India – the film’s star, Palden Gyatso. Palden will also be holding public talks in Leeds and London.
Fire Under the Snow is the acclaimed true story of Palden Gyatso, a Tibetan Buddhist monk since childhood, who was arrested by the Chinese communist army in 1959. He spent the next 33 years in prison for the “crimes” of demonstrating peacefully and refusing to falsely denounce his teacher as an Indian spy. He was tortured, starved and forced to perform hard labour. He watched his nation and culture destroyed, his teachers, friends and family displaced, jailed or killed by the Chinese occupiers. Despite this, he remained unbroken, keeping the flame of his spirit ablaze.
Completed in 2008, this new film of Palden’s stunningly dramatic and inspirational true story has already received much acclaim, and Tibet Society is extremely honoured not only to be hosting the Cardiff and Bristol, Norwich and Edinburgh premieres but also Palden Gyatso’s visit to the UK to accompany the film and take questions from the audience following each screening.
Proceeds from each event go to Tibet Society.
Please show your support for this tour by passing on details to friends, family and colleagues. Palden Gyatso survived decades of suffering for the large part through his desire to escape and let the world know the truth about the situation in Tibet. As he gets older and travels less frequently, this really is a very rare opportunity to meet such an incredibly inspirational figure in the UK; despite Palden’s almost inconceivable years of suffering, his strength, love, compassion and humour remain with you long after you meet him – we sincerely recommend meeting him as an experience never to be forgotten.
Wednesday 18th March Norwich
Thursday 19th March Leeds
Friday 20th March Edinburgh
Saturday 21st March London
These screenings/ talks are being held as part of the commemorations to mark the 50th anniversary of the 10 March 1959 Uprising in Tibet, which led not only to the arrest of Palden Gyatso, but to the massacre of 87,000 Tibetans and the subsequent exodus to freedom in exile of the Dalai Lama and many hundreds of thousands of Tibetan people.
For more information about any of these events, call 020 7272 1414.