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DECEMBER’S DOC SOUP BRINGS AWARD-WINNING TIBET IN SONG TO TORONTO

FILMMAKER AND FORMER POLITICAL PRISONER NGAWANG CHOEPHEL IN ATTENDANCE

Toronto, November 24, 2009 – Hot Docs is pleased to announce that the December installment of the Doc Soup monthly screening series will feature TIBET IN SONG (Tibet, 82 MIN) by filmmaker Ngawang Choephel. Winner of the Sundance Special Jury Prize and Best Documentary Feature at the Calgary International Film Festival, TIBET IN SONG has been called “inspiring… something of a miracle” by Variety. TIBET IN SONG will screen on Wednesday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West.

Both a celebration of traditional Tibetan folk music and a harrowing journey into the past 50 years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet, TIBET IN SONG weaves a story of beauty, pain, brutality and resilience, introducing Tibet to the world in a way never before seen on film. The beauty of traditional Tibetan folk music is showcased through rarely seen performances deftly juxtaposed with startling footage of the early days of the Chinese invasion. Director and former Tibetan political prisoner Ngawang Choephel sets the stage for a unique exploration of the Chinese impact on Tibetans inside Tibet. What follows is a heartbreaking tale of cultural exploitation and resistance, which includes Choephel’s own eventual imprisonment for recording the very songs at the center of the film. TIBET IN SONG is a raw and uncensored look at Tibet as it stands today - a country plagued by Chinese brutality, yet willing to fight for the existence of its unique cultural heritage.

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. Single tickets for TIBET IN SONG are $12 and can be purchased in advance at www.hotdocs.ca or at the door on the night of the screening (subject to availability). A limited number of free tickets for the 9:15 p.m. screening will be available to students with proper ID (subject to availability) at the door, on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming screening dates for Toronto’s Doc Soup are January 20, February 17, March 17 and April 14. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.

Hot Docs is pleased to acknowledge Citytv as the Presenting Partner of the Doc Soup series.

Doc Soup Toronto is sponsored by Rogers.

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