Tibet in Song
zondag 28 maart 2010 - 19:00
Christa Meindersma, board member of the International Campaign for Tibet-Europe, will interview director Ngawang Choephel after the screening about his experiences and about the making of this impressive film.
Ngawang Choephel is a Tibetan ethnomusicologist, film maker and former prisoner of conscience. In 1995 Choephel travelled to Tibet with a video camera, a tape recorder and valid travel papers for four months to make a film about traditional Tibetan dance and music. After his arrival, he was arrested and held without charges or trial for fourteen months. In December 1996, the Tibetan People's Radio announced that Ngawang had committed espionage, using film research as a cover. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. In February 2002, he was released for medical reasons after spending six years in captivity. Amnesty International, Richard Gere, Annie Lennox and others campaigned internationally for his release.
Christa Meindersma, LL.M is Deputy Director External Affairs and Director Conflict Management at HCSS. She is an international lawyer with broad experience in international affairs and diplomacy. Previously she worked as senior political adviser at the United Nations and the Netherlands' Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Christa Meindersma has been involved in peace negotiations and policy advice in East Timor, Nigeria, Cameroon, Kosovo, Darfur, Nepal and New York. Christa is a member of the Committee on Peace and Security of the Advisory Council on International Affairs.