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In the Media: Free Spirit Festival 2004

'Kundun' to be screened at Tibetan Film Festival

Kundun, the film depicting the early life of Dalai Lama, which kicked off a controversy after it was withdrawn from the Asian Film Festival in Mumbai in August this year, will now be screened at the Tibetan Film Festival, being organised here along with the Miss Tibet contest.

Besides productions by Tibetans, films like Bhagat Singh, Osama (a film about an Afghani girl), Fahrenheit 9/11 and Chavez-Inside the Coup will also be shown. All of these talk about freedom movements and global issues.

"Kundun, along with 'Seven Years in Tibet', were withdrawn from Asian Film Festival due to pressure from the Chinese Embassy. But now people will at least get to see Kundun, which is based on the flight of Dalai Lama into exile after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. It is directed by Martin Scorsese," said Lobsang Wangyal, director of the Miss Tibet Contest.

"There will be two categories in the festival. The first category is about films produced, directed or scripted by Tibetans. There are about a 12 films in this category of which the festival will screen all films which were made available to it. The second category of films to be screened is on freedom movements, social and global issues," he added.

The film festival will be organised at McLeod Ganj from October 5 to 10.

The category of Tibetan films, said Wangyal, would include director Jamyang Khentse Rinpoche's 'The Cup'. "It is an exciting tale about how monks in a monastery want to watch the final of the Football World Cup match between Brazil and France held in 1988.