Dalai Lama after offering prayer

Dalai Lama to attend Rome film fest's Tibet Day

10 July 2008 — The Dalai Lama is to attend a Rome Film Festival tribute to Tibet on Oct. 8.

The Tibet Day program was organized by Goffredo Bettini, the former president of the fledgling festival, which was started in 2006 to rival the established Venice festival.

In an interview in the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Bettini confirmed that the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, has accepted an invitation to attend.

Bettini stepped down in June after a change in government that threw out the leftist city administration that created the film festival.

The new city mayor has decried the amount of money spent on the festival and appointed a new president, Gian Luigi Rondi, who has said he will concentrate on creating a program focused on Italian film.

But Bettini's proposal for Tibet Day remains in place, according to a report in Variety on Thursday.

The day will feature a meeting between the Dalai Lama and Bernardo Bertolucci, director of Little Buddha, and a screening of the 1993 film about the search for a spiritual leader.

Also to be shown are Paul Wagner's 1998 film Windhorse about the Tibetan resistance movement, which prompted protests from China.

Released and unreleased works by Tibetan filmmakers are also in the lineup.

Tibet Day falls two weeks before the third edition of the Rome Film Festival, which will run Oct. 22 to 31.

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