Dhondup Wangchen

Leaving Fear Behind

"I've heard that all the countires of the world are gathering there to take part in a peaceful event. However, Tibetians aren't allowed to attend. The Dala Lama is famous all over the world for peace." Leaving Fear Behind (in Tibetan, Jigdrel) is a heroic film shot by Tibetans from inside Tibet, who longed to bring Tibetan voices to the Beijing Olympic Games. With the global spotlight on China as it rises to host the XXIX Olympics, Tibetans wish to tell the world of their plight and their heartfelt grievances against Chinese rule. The footage was smuggled out of Tibet under extraordinary circumstances. The filmmakers were detained soon after sending their tapes out, and remain in detention today. In a remarkable coincidence, ...