In The Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom, Tibetan filmmaker, Tenzing Sonam, and his partner, Ritu Sarin, take a uniquely Tibetan perspective on the trials and tribulations of the Dalai Lama and his people as they continue their struggle for freedom in the face of determined suppression by one of the world’s biggest and most powerful nations. The filmmakers had intimate access to the Dalai Lama and followed him over the course of an eventful year, which included the 2008 protests in Tibet, the international response to it, the Beijing Olympics, and the breakdown in talks between his representatives and the Chinese government.
Set against this backdrop, the film explores the interplay between the personal and the historic, spirituality and politics, and the tension between the Dalai Lama’s efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet situation based on compromise and dialogue, and the impatience of a younger generation of Tibetans who are ready to take a more confrontational course.
Directed by RITU SARIN and TENZING SONAM
Produced by RITU SARIN
Written and Narrated by TENZING SONAM
Executive Producers FRANCESCA VON HABSBURG and LAVINIA CURRIER
film website: http://thesunbehindtheclouds.com/
Saturday April 24, 7:00 PM
Regal Cinemas Gallery Place
701 7th St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
General Admission is $10.00. Tickets are available through Filmfestdc.com, Tickets.com, by calling (800) 955-5566, or at the Goethe-Institut. Tickets may also be purchased at the theater one hour before the first Filmfest DC show of the day (cash or check sales only at the theaters).
Once the film is released on DVD, the Guhyasamaja Center will organize a screening.