"Your shame will be your torture, and your torture will be your life.
I wish it long..."
Heinrich Harrer

"Do you think someday people will get Tibet on their movie screens and
wonder what happened to us?"
Dalai Lama

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CP Surendran (Poet & Columnist) delivered a one-hour long talk on 'Money & Human Rights' at a function organised by Friends of Tibet (INDIA) and Students Union of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). The talk was followed by a question-answer session and the screening of Jean-Jacques Annaudís 'Seven Years In Tibet' on September 17, 2000 at TISS, Bombay.

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In 1939, given the opportunity to climb Nanga Parbat in the Indian Himalayas, obnoxious self-centered Austrian Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) jumps at the chance and abandons his pregnant wife. The expedition doesn't go well for the Olympic medal-winner when the team fails to reach the summit. Then, before they can try again, World War II breaks out and they are rounded up by British troops and sent to a POW camp near the Indian-Tibetan border.

After several escape attempts by the lone wolf, he reluctantly joins a group plan and finds himself outside the barbed wire. Because he is obviously superior to the rest of the escapees, he heads out on his own. He hopes to make his way through Tibet to China, meet up with the Japanese troops and eventually get back home.

Days later, fellow mountain-climbing prisoner Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis) chances upon Harrer as the arrogant adventurer is starving and vomiting in the wilderness. The two form an uneasy alliance and continue their trek towards the mysterious nation. Sneaking into the country that forbids entry to all outsiders, the two eventually get to the holy city of Lhasa. Harrer attracts the attention of the young XIV Dalai Lama who grants him an audience. The teenage spiritual leader is interested in western ways and asks him to teach knowledge of the distant world. Forging a friendship, the two learn from each other until Harrer is forced to flee the country during the Chinese onslaught of the early fifties.

From the film 'Seven Years In Tibet
From the film 'Seven Years In Tibet'

'Money & Human Rights' talk by CP Surendran and the screening of 'Seven Years In Tibet' were held at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay on September 17, 2000.

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