‘ATPD Expresses Gratitude to Mumbai's Mithibai College’
(TibetNet | August 25, 2004)

The Standing Committee of the Assembly of the Tibetan People's Deputies has appreciated the efforts of the Friends of Tibet and the Indian Committee for Cultural Freedom to organise a parallel film festival at Mithibai College in Mumbai where the Asian Film Festival is underway.

The Standing Committee has sent a letter to Prabodh Parikh, the Chairman of Mithibai College Film Society for its holding a one-day Tibet Film Festival today despite knowing the fact that the Tibetan films have been withdrawn from the Asian Film Festival under pressure from China.

"The Mithibai film festival is to support the Friends of Tibet. However, it is bound to take a political hue as our move is a protest against the Asian Film Festival's decision", Parikh was quoted earlier by the Asian Age as saying.

Mithibai College Film Society will screen four films of which Martin Scorsese's "Kundun" a film on the life of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Jean Jacques Annaud's "Seven Years in Tibet", the story of Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer's sojourn in Lhasa, have earlier been dropped from the Asian Film Festival.