Leaving Fear Behind

Last month Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen was sentenced to six years in prison by the Chinese courts for making the film Leaving Fear Behind, a documentary about Tibetans’ views on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Wangchen was arrested shortly after the completion of shooting in May of 2008, but the producers managed to smuggle the footage out of the country. The film is embedded below.

According to a source cited by Filming for Tibet, Wangchen has no access to independent legal assistance, and his appeal period will expire tomorrow. Furthermore, Wangchen is reported to have contracted hepatitis B in prison and is not receiving medical treatment for the condition.

“My aim for this film is not to make a famous or particularly entertaining film. This film is about the plight of the Tibetan people—helpless and frustrated. Therefore I hope that everyone will pay special attention and support it. That’s my biggest hope.” ~ Dhondup Wangchen

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