Chinese authorities sentenced Dhondup Wangchen to a six-year prison sentence on December 28th, 2009. His trial was held in secret and he was denied access to a lawyer of his choosing.
Dhondup Wangchen was detained on March 26, 2008, soon after completing filming of the documentary Leaving Fear Behind. The film documents Tibetan views of last year's Beijing Olympics, the current situation in Tibet and the Dalai Lama's return to Tibet. Several other people involved with or appearing in the documentary have also been investigated by the authorities. According to information provided by official sources, Dhondup Wangchen was formally arrested in July 2008 under suspicion of "inciting separatism and stealing, secretly gathering, purchasing, and illegally providing intelligence for an organisation, institution, or personnel outside the country."
Saturday the 27th of March the Movies that Matter Festival organizes a special hommage screening of his documentary Leaving Fear Behind.
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