Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen, the seventeen year-old exiled King of Tibet, describes struggles the Tibetan people have endured under the rule of the Chinese government for the past 60 years. Denied basic human rights such as the freedom of religion and speech, the Tibetan people have remained committed to a doctrine of non-violent protest that all too often includes self-immolation. “Why have the Tibetans been silenced?” he asks. Trichen emotionally appeals to the audience, the United Nations and the citizens of the world for help, as he questions why the 1.3 million people killed under genocidal government policies have been ignored.
Seventeen year-old Tibetan refugee Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen is a promising filmmaker studying in the United States. The sole descendant of the first Dharma king of Tibet is part of a generation of Tibetan youth struggling to maintain a grasp on its culture in the face of persecution by the Chinese government. His film, My Country is Tibet, illuminates the plight of the Tibetan people and has been screened at several prestigious film festivals.
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