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RAID INTO TIBET By Adrian Cowell United Kingdom | English | 1966 | 28 min NC16 (Some Mature Content)

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ASIAN PREMIERE

In 1964, director Adrian Cowell embarked on an expedition to film the untold story of the Tibetan guerrilla fighters who waged battle against the Chinese military. Initially commissioned by former British television company Associated Television (ATV) to produce a series of films on Buddhist sects in Asia, Cowell along with cinematographer Chris Menges and journalist George Patterson were granted special access to shoot in Nepal. They travelled into the remote Tsum Valley where a small contingent of Tibetan guerrillas was based and with the blessing of the monastery there, followed the guerrillas on a harrowing trek over a 20,000 feet mountain pass into Tibet. The resulting film was Raid into Tibet, released in 1966.

In 2010, Tibet Film Archive director, Tenzin Phuntsog, began an initiative to restore the 16mm print of the film, and two years later, partnered with World Cinema Foundation (founded by Martin Scorsese) and film laboratory Cineric to complete the project. The Gallery now presents this restored copy. The restored copy of Raid into Tibet had its world premiere at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Ohio (USA, 2016). Since then, it has been shown at the 30th Il Cinema Ritrovato (Italy, 2016) and the Metrograph (USA, 2016).

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