Edinburgh film programme announced

This season of films and photography exhibition offer new insights into current life in Tibet, exploring the exile ‘condition’ of Tibetans living as refugees, taking a fresh and young approach. Through footage and images straight from the heart of the exile community and its burgeoning creative scene, these works will provide a deeper understanding of the multiple realities of what it means to be Tibetan today.

6th June – 6.00pm The Forbidden Team + directors Q & A (Cinema 1)

The heart-warming story of the first ever international football match played by the Tibetan national football team.

7th June – 12 noon Poetry event – reading of prolific Tibetan activist Tenzin Tsundue’s poetry by Tessa Ransford, acclaimed Scottish poet and Scottish PEN

7th June – 5.45pm Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (Cinema 2)

Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, a Tibetan volunteer patrol faces a life and death struggle to save the endangered Tibetan antelope.

8th June – 5.45pm Dreaming Lhasa (Cinema 1)

A passionate voyage of self-discovery taking the viewer on a fast-paced journey into Tibet’s fractured past and deep into the exile community.


9th June – 6.00pm Blindsight (Cinema 1)

A group of blind Tibetan students led by teacher Sabriye Tenberken and mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer go on an epic journey to climb one of the highest peaks on Earth.

10th June – 6.00pm Shorts: Youth, Diaspora and the Search for Identity (Cinema 2)

A Brief History of Life –
A touching portrait of life in exile as a young Tibetan.

Tsampa to Pizza –
A coming of age drama about two Delhi students.

Art in Exile –
The role of art in the creation and presevration of Tibetan cultural identity.

11th June – 5.45pm Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (Cinema 2)

Engaging personal accounts and interviews provide an insight into Tibet’s troubled past, taking us through rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, from the brothels and slums of Lhasa, to spectacular Himalayan peaks.


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