Friday, May 1, 2009

TV Documentary about Bagdro!

Was flicking through the multitude of digital Chorus NTL doo-doo TV channels last night, desperately looking for something to watch for the last hour before heading off to bed.
To my amazement, there was a programme about Tibet just about to begin on TG4 the Irish language station.

I could not believe my eyes ... the documentary was about my friend Bagdro! He is a Tibetan Buddhist monk i met last year in Dharamsala, India.

Bagdro was one of the leaders of the Tibetan uprising 20 years ago. He was imprisoned and tortured by the Chinese for years. On his release, he was helped to flee Tibet. Having walked over the Himalayas, he finally settled in Dharamsala where he continues his work raising awareness about Tibet's ongoing struggle.

The documentary includes lots of interviews and original footage of the uprising and Bagdro's trial. There are also some very moving clips of Bagdro, as a new and very ill refugee, meeting the Dalai Lama. There is extensive coverage of a teaching given by His Holiness in relation to this specific context where he taught about how to overcome fear and anger and develop compassion.

I STRONGLY urge you to watch and record the repeat broadcast. It is on TG4 on Sunday May 3rd at 1130 PM. Please tell your friends. The series is called Fíorscéal [True Story], and this particular documentary is called Tibet: Beyond Fear.

This is what TG4 has to say about it:


Tibet - Beyond Fear: Ngwang, a Buddhist nun and Bagdro, a Buddhist monk, at the ages of 13 and 20, led freedom demonstrations against the Chinese occupation in Tibet. They were arrested, imprisoned and endured years of horrific torture. Through the power of a positive mind, and inspired by the Dalai Lama, Ngwang and Bagdro find a way Beyond Fear. The film features historical and recent Tibetan footage, interviews with Bagdro in India and Ngwang in New York. It also includes opening words by the Hollywood actor Richard Gere and a lengthy interview with the Dalai Lama.
International Campaign for Tibet had this to say click here

And you can read what the documentary's makers say, and watch a trailer here

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