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Dhondup Wangchen

Tibetan filmmaker and former political prisoner

Asia-Pacific and South Asia

Dhondup Wangchen is a Tibetan filmmaker who was imprisoned by the Chinese dictatorship on charges of subversion after producing the documentary “Leaving Fear Behind.” The film features interviews with ordinary Tibetans discussing the Beijing Olympics, the Dalai Lama, and the Chinese Communist Party. Dhondup was sentenced to six years in prison for producing the film, despite calls for his release by international human rights organizations. While in prison, his health deteriorated dramatically and his family alleged that he was denied proper medical care. Dhondup Wangchen was finally released on June 5, 2014, but he remains unable to travel outside of China.

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