Tibetan singer Namgyal Lhamo as Yiga Gyalnang in the film Drapchi

Tibetan singer Namgyal Lhamo in the lead role as Yiga Gyalnang in the film Drapchi, directed by Arvind Iyer and produced by Iceberg Nine Films, 2012.
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Drapchi only Indian film at Warsaw Film Festival 2012

By DearCinema NewsDesk

Arvind Iyer's Drapchi, [directed by Arvind Iyer and produced by Iceberg Nine Films of India], will be screened under the "The World Today" section of the 28th Warsaw Film Festival. The 80-minute musical was earlier screened at the Osian's Cinefan Film Festival 2012.

The Warsaw Film Festival will run from 12th – 21st October, 2012.

The synopsis of the film on the festival website reads: "Modern Tibet: a systematic war is being waged with the traditional past. Punishment awaits those who raise their voices in protest. This is the case with Yiga Gyalnang, a traditional Tibetan opera singer. She is abducted one morning and finds herself in near complete isolation in an underground prison cell in Drapchi, the biggest jail in Lhasa, Tibet. After two years, she breaks free and escapes to Nepal and from there, to the West. With her, she takes her strength, her spirituality, her Tibetan song."

Namgyal Lhamo, Lobsang Yonten, Chris Constantinou, Tashi Choephel and Gen Tenzin la are in lead roles in the film.

Other films in the section include: A Respectable Family by Massoud Bakhshi (Iran, France / 2012), Aliyah by Élie Wajeman (France / 2012), Beyond the Walls by David Lambert (Belgium, France, Canada / 2012), Children of Sarajevo by Aida Begić (Bosnia-Herzegovina, Germany, France, Turkey / 2012), Gimme the Loot by Adam Leon (USA / 2012), Here and There by Antonio Méndez Esparza (Spain, Mexico, USA / 2012), Hungary 2011 by András Jeles, Ágnes Kocsis, Ferenc Török, Simon Szabó, Márta Mészáros, Péter Forgács, László Siroki, György Pálfi, Bence Fliegauf, András Salamon and Miklós Jancsó (Hungary / 2012), La Playa DC by Juan Andrés Arango (Colombia, France, Brazil / 2012) and Souls of Zen by Tim Graf, Jakob Montrasio (Germany / 2012).

Read a review of the film here.

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The film will be commercially released worldwide on March 10, 2013

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