Release of controversial Tibet-shot Canadian documentary timed for the
opening of the Beijing Olympics
TORONTO, July 31 /CNW/ - Seville Pictures' WHAT REMAINS OF US, the
controversial documentary from Quebec directors François Prévost and
Hugo Latulippe which follows a young woman delivering a message of hope from
the Dalai Lama to the people of Tibet, will be released on DVD on August 5th.
Undistributed since its highly-publicized 2004 theatrical run, the film comes
now to DVD in advance of the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics.
At the time of its release, WHAT REMAINS OF US, the first documentary
shot inside Tibet and uncensored by the Chinese authorities, was shown only
with the implementation of strict in-theatre security measures. The
filmmakers, concerned for the safety of the Tibetans in the film who speak
frankly of the situation in the country, had made the choice to add these
extra security measures, and restrict the distribution of the film, in the
first years of its release.
Now, it is at the urging of some of the film's participants and members
of the Tibetan Diaspora that the filmmakers have decided to make the film
available to the widest possible audience on the eve of the Olympics in
Beijing. The filmmakers hope that the wide-spread distribution of WHAT REMAINS
OF US will allow for a better understanding of the situation in Tibet and help
to bring about a solution.
"Seville is very proud to be releasing this moving and timely film about
the people of Tibet on DVD," said David Reckziegel, Co-President, Seville
Pictures. "We applaud the people involved both in front and behind the camera
for their courage in telling this part of the Tibetan story."
Forced to seek refuge in India and still viewed by China as a threat to
national security, the Dalai Lama has been prevented for 50 years from
crossing the mountains separating him from his homeland. For 50 years, he has
not spoken directly to Tibetans inside the country. In WHAT REMAINS OF US,
Kalsang Dolma, a young Tibetan refugee from Quebec, crosses the Himalayas into
the largest prison in the world carrying a video message recorded by the
spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Families gather, transfixed around the
tiny screen and for one of the first times, the voices of this fragile and
suffering population are heard. The film was shot without the knowledge of the
Chinese authorities using small digital cameras during nearly a dozen secret
forays into Tibet between 1994 and 2004.
WHAT REMAINS OF US was an Official Selection at the 2004 Cannes Film
Festival. It won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Film at the 2004
Vancouver Film Festival, the Best Film and Audience Awards at the 2004
Atlantic Film Festival and Best Documentary at the 2004 Hollywood Film
Festival. The film was named as one of Canada's Top Ten and won the
prestigious Sergio Viera de Mello Award at the Human Rights Film Festival in
Geneva last year.
Seville Entertainment is distributor and international sales agent of
quality independent feature films with offices in Montreal and Toronto. Its
catalogue of Canadian rights to over 800 quality independent feature films and
world rights to 100 features and docs is one of the largest in Canada. Seville
is an Entertainment One company.
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE: ETO) Admitted to trading on AIM on 29 March
2007, Entertainment One Ltd's strategy is to build a leading global
independent entertainment content ownership and distribution business which
acquires films, television programs and music content and exploits these
rights in all media throughout the world. Entertainment One is the largest
distributor of home entertainment products in the Canadian market. Following
the acquisition of Seville Entertainment in Canada on 20 August 2007, it also
has a significant presence in the theatrical and international sales markets.
Outside Canada Entertainment One owns Koch Entertainment, the largest
independent record label in North America and a leading independent
distributor of music and video in the United States, Contender, one of the
leading independent UK distributors of filmed entertainment and RCV the
leading independent distributor in the Benelux countries.
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