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About Tibet In Song

In 1995, a young Tibetan musicologist named Ngawang Choephel travelled to Tibet to make a documentary about traditional Tibetan folk music and dance. After filming for two months, the Chinese government arrested Ngawang, held him incommunicado and sentenced him to 18 years in prison, saying that the Fulbright scholar had returned to his native land to conduct espionage. Ngawang spent more than 6 years in prison under very harsh conditions. After a sustained outcry from Amnesty International and others, and armed with the unrelenting determination of Ngawang’s mother, Sonan Dickey, Ngawang was finally released on a medical parole in 2002.

The film Ngawang Choephel began making before his arrest, now called TIBET IN SONG, is finally completed. It is a breathtakingly beautiful film, guided by Ngawang’s personal journey, which not only introduces us intimately to Tibetan folk music, but also gives Tibetans themselves a chance to speak out and herald the film’s message that without true cultural freedom inside Tibet. Tibetan songs and their values will soon be lost forever. Tibet in Song is now critically acclaimed and has won numerous awards at top film festivals worldwide. The film will be opening in major cities in the U.S. this fall, with eventual worldwide distribution.