Here is a press release for the Dalai Lama’s appearence on Ideas In Action. I worked on this episode as shoot coordinator and post production producer. The Dalai Lama spoke about seeking “meaningful autonomy” for Tibet in relation to China, Middle East uprisings and his decision to step down from political leadership. Click here to learn more about the Dalai Lama’s interview.
For Immediate Release
DALAI LAMA CALLS CHINESE OCCUPATION OF TIBET A” RULE OF FEAR AND TERROR,” SAYS THERE IS A “SEMI-CULTURAL REVOLUTION” IN TIBET
Annapolis, MD June 1, 2011 – An exclusive thirty-minute interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama will air on public television and the Voice of America over the weekend of June 3-5, 2011 as part of the weekly television series, Ideas In Action with Jim Glassman.
During the interview the Dalai Lama candidly discussed his views on the future of his people, the struggle for freedom by people in the Middle East, how he plans to remain as spiritual leader while giving up his role as the political leader of his people and his desire for Tibet to be an autonomous region within China.
With the increase in Chinese military and security personnel in Tibet, His Holiness commented, there is a “rule of fear, rule of terror there.”
In discussing the systematic efforts by the Chinese government to stamp out the Tibetan culture, the Dalai Lama says local Tibetans tell him that now a “semi-Cultural Revolution [is] returning,” a reference to the Cultural Revolution in China in the 1960’s and 70’s when the communist authorities waged a reign of terror against the Chinese people and instituted a strict regime of political indoctrination.
On the recent wave of Middle East uprisings His Holiness said that he supports the people fighting for freedom, saying that once their goal of changing the system is achieved, they should avoid criticizing each other and “…. work together and build [a] new society.”
The Dalai Lama interview is part of the Freedom Collection, a repository of video histories and documents from the hallmark freedom movements of the twentieth century up to the present that is being created by the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, TX. Videotaped interviews and important documents will be available at the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas and on the Freedom Collection website later this year.
Ambassador James K. Glassman is the Executive Director of the George W. Bush Institute, the public policy arm of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman airs on public television stations across the country. Viewers should consult their local listings for times, or can visit the www.ideasinactiontv.com website to watch the program or look up program schedules.
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