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A Quiet Revolution begins on March 12, 1959 when 15,000 unarmed Tibetan women took to the streets of Lhasa to oppose the violent occupation of their country by the Communist Chinese army.
For the first time on film, three generations of Tibetan women and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama tell the story of one of the great movements of nonviolent resistance in modern history.
From the streets of Lhasa to their principal refuge in Dharamsala, India, the stories that live at the heart of this film offer an intimate and direct experience of what it is to lose everything and begin anew.
Ama Adhe recounts 28 years spent in a Chinese prison and the deep faith that allowed her to survive the ordeal as she teaches new generations of young refugees. Dolma Tsering describes sacrifices her parents made as exiles so that she might become first a teacher and then a member of Parliament, and Tseten Choeden, born and raised in exile, ensures that her Tibetan birthright is passed on to her own children as she wrestles with a culture in transition.
After 50 years in exile, His Holiness the Dalai Lama pays tribute to the courage of these remarkable women and their ability to keep their cultural legacy intact for generations to come.
Tenzin Tethong, President of the Dalai Lama Foundation
“This letter is to express wholehearted support for your film A Quiet Revolution from myself personally, and from The Dalai Lama Foundation. Your film tells a story which has deep importance to the Tibetan nation, and I believe great relevance to the wider world as well.”
Dennis Palmieri, Amnesty International
“As the Producer of the Amnesty International Film Festival, I can also say with some enthusiasm that I believe interest in this film will likely be strong. There is broad recognition in the U.S. and around the world that Tibetan society is still oppressed and in need of support. There is not, however, a general recognition of the role that Tibetan women play within their society. A Quiet Revolution intelligently explores this, exposing its audience to an important, yet unknown aspect of Tibetan life…Let me convey the advance interest of the Amnesty International Film Festival in an early review of this project for placement in our annual festivals in Los Angeles, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and other special engagements. This project seems made to order for our work.”
Steve Opson, KCSM TV Program Director
“Each of the three proposed episodes is beautifully shot and offers excellent insight into the Tibetan culture and spirit. Your series is intelligent, yet respectful to the Tibetan people and culture. With this in mind, I want to indicate very strong interest in broadcasting and presenting Women of Tibet for national distribution…We are a prolific producer and presenter of programs to the PBS system and have become widely recognized for our success in this area. Many of our programs have achieved 50 to 80 percent national penetration and have included programs from Sony Classical Music, International Herald Tribune, and others.”
Tamara N Le, Senior Manager, American Public Television
“American Public Television is interested in offering the series to public television stations nationwide. We feel the concept has strong national appeal and will be well received by station programming executives. While public television audiences are aware of the constant hardships facing Tibetan people since China’s occupation, the valuable stories of Tibet’s female population are lesser known. The Women of Tibet films present an enlightened look at how women’s issues fit into the Tibetans’ struggle for freedom.”
Tom Udall, Congressional Representative of New Mexico’s 3rd District and Co-chair of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus
“As the representative of a district with a large group of Tibetan refugees, I hear often from people who care about the Tibetan cause and hope to see freedom in Tibet during their lifetimes. Your film serves as another reminder of why Tibet matters to the international community, and why we must continue to work toward realizing a Tibet where men and women are allowed to worship freely and to preserve their culture. Again, I congratulate you on a great work in progress. I look forward to seeing the finished product, and I thank you for sharing A Quiet Revolution with me in Washington, D.C.”
Angeles Arrien, Cultural Anthropologist & Author of the Four-Fold Way
“You are truly a gifted filmmaker, and have captured the heart of the Tibetan culture in such an extraordinary and beautiful way. I am so impressed that no other human being to my knowledge has had the holy privilege to access the Tibetan people and their spirituality in a way that honors and respects history and the magnificence of the human spirit.”