December 08, 2011

Tibet in song

In Tibet, a once-sovereign nation for thousands of years, much of the country remains under harsh Communist Chinese rule and 'patriotic re-education'. The surviving Tibetan folk music shapes an endangered people's identity. Ngawang Choephel, a Tibetan native who fled for India at the age of 2, returned home to capture the music of his people. He was arrested and sentenced to 18 years in prison, serving nearly 7 before a highly-publicized release. Includes special features.

Brave yes, unbelievable yes. Modern colonizing power China teaches us how to wipe out tradition and culture in Tibet. Very similar to the United States and the native populations and probably the European powers in Africa. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 56404-D 86 minutes 2009

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November 08, 2011

Satya, A Prayer for the Enemy

Since the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1950, more than one million people have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in demonstrations against the Chinese occupation. This film focuses on personal testimonies of Tibetan Buddhist nuns who have taken the lead in this resistance by fearlessly staging courageous demonstrations for religious freedom and independence. Study guide available at

A government can overwhelm resistance. The commitment of individuals is not only powerful and heartbreaking but inspirational. Perhaps Buddhist nuns are the only way to inspire humankind to achieve the reality of dignity. ~Mike

Askwith Media Library 47570-D 28 minutes (1993 VHS release, 200? DVD release)

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