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Old 02-10-2011, 07:11 PM   #307
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Seven Years in Tibet is a 1997 film based on the book of the same name written by Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer on his experiences in Tibet between 1944 and 1951 during the Second World War, the interim period, and the Chinese People's Liberation Army's invasion of Tibet in 1950.




In the story, Austrians Heinrich Harrer (Pitt) and Peter Aufschnaiter (Thewlis) are mountaineering in the north of India. With the beginning of World War II in 1939, they are unexpectedly imprisoned by the British due to their German citizenship. In 1944, Harrer and Aufschnaiter escape prison and cross the border into Tibet, traversing the treacherous high plateau. While in Tibet, after initially being ordered to return to India, they are welcomed at the holy city of Lhasa and become acquainted with an unfamiliar way of life.



Harrer is introduced to the Dalai Lama, who is still a boy, and becomes one of his tutors. During their time together Heinrich becomes a close friend to the young spiritual leader...

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In 1951, a seventeen point agreement between the People's Republic of China and representatives of the Dalai Lama was put into effect...The United States funded training and arms for the guerrillas in Tibet prior to the uprising and for several years following. From 1959 to 1964, Tibetan guerrillas were secretly trained at Camp Hale by the CIA...The Soviet Union offered moral support to the Tibetan rebels, saying that their's was a "legitimate grievance" against the Chinese...



Harrer and Aufschnaiter stay in the country until the Chinese invasion in 1950...Practising Chod...http://forum.davidicke.com/showpost....&postcount=276



In April 1959, the-19 year-old 10th Panchen Lama, the second ranking spiritual leader in Tibet, residing in Shigatse, called on Tibetans to support the Chinese government. However, after a tour through Tibet, in May 1962, he met Zhou Enlai to discuss a petition he had begun writing at the end of 1961, criticising the situation in Tibet. The petition was a 70,000 character document that dealt with the brutal suppression of the Tibetan people during and after the Chinese invasion of Tibet....

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Over 1.2 million Tibetans have died as a direct result of the Chinese invasion and occupation of Tibet. Today, it is hard to come across a Tibetan family that has not had at least one member imprisoned or killed by the Chinese regime. According to Jigme Ngabo, "after the suppressions of 1959 and 1969, almost every family in Tibet has been affected in some way". These facts speak volumes about the "democratic reform" China claims to have brought to the "dark, feudal exploitative society" of Tibet...Accounts of massacres, tortures and killings, bombardment of monasteries, extermination of whole nomad camps are well documented. Quite a number of these reports have been also documented by the International Commission of Jurists' 1960 report on Tibet...


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As a consequence of China’s occupation, both before and during the Cultural Revolution, 6000 monasteries and nunneries were destroyed in Tibet and religious leaders, monks and nuns persecuted. The repression of Tibet's culture and religion continues today with 80% of political prisoners being monks...

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