“As long as we do not forget them, martyrs never truly die.”
Dawa Tsering - The Chairman of the Tibet Religious Foundation of the Dalai Lama in Taiwan
From the depth of the smoldering flames of self-immolated Tibetans, silent screams of freedom...hoping for the world to take notice on the violations of freedom of religion and cultural genocide that is ongoing in Tibet today.
Friday (6/29) 3:00pm - 9:30pm
3:00pm - 5:30pm We will be showing a great award winning film "The Cry of the Snow Lion" followed by a discussion by Daxi Tsering, Amnesty Intl Taiwan board member and front-line man for the struggle for Tibet here in Taiwan and around the world.
6:30pm - 9:30pm Very lively round of discussion in English by Dawa Tsering, Dicki Chhoyang, Own Su-Jei, Lin Shu Ya, Geshe Jampa Gyatso.
LOCATION: Taipei Stock ( http://goo.gl/maps/o04O ) #34 3F Bade Road Section 1 (cross street of Zhongxiao and Bade) so it's near Huashan and the Zhongxiao Xinsheng MRT.
This event is hosted by Amnesty International Taiwan Chapters: Abolition of the Death Penalty Group, Asia Pacific Group, Legal Aid Group, English Speaking Group (Taipei)
FILM: Cry of the Snow Lion (104 minutes)
CRY OF THE SNOW LION brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world" with an unprecedented richness of imagery... from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans.
The dark secrets of Tibet's recent past are powerfully chronicled through personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film.
A definitive exploration of a legendary subject, CRY OF THE SNOW LION is an epic story of courage and compassion.
TIBET BACKGROUND SNAPSHOT:
On March 10, 1959, the Dalai Lama and tens of thousands of Tibetans were forced into exile after ten years when the Chinese occupation of Tibet first began in 1949, with over a million dying as a result of the invasion. Over the subsequent five decades of rule Tibetans were subject to forced to abandon the Dalai Lama and subject to compulsory political indoctrination that forbade them to use their own language or practice their own language. Further suppression was instituted after a 2008 violent crackdown with soldiers opening fire, thus purging Tibet into an unprecedented state of constantly being under siege. However, despite the ruthless and oppressive Chinese rule, the Tibetan people continue to showcase a rising national consciousness and political awakening.
But no one hears nor sees them. Foreign media has been expelled from the region and foreign vistors are now banned. Since 2009, at least 39 Tibetans – including many Buddhist monks and nuns – have protested by setting themselves ablaze in different Chinese provinces, acts kindled under the pressure of oppression. In the past five months alone, 25 people have self-immolated.
Their freedom from oppression is only achieved as their throats choke with the fire in which they torch their own bodies to send a signal to the world. In a place where letters cannot reach, words are not heard, images are destroyed, and all those who peacefully, patiently desire freedom are arrested, the only message they can sent out to a world that has ignored and forgotten about them is through the act of self-immolation.