Leaving Fear Behind
Equipped with a 300$ video camera and almost no experience, Dhondup Wangchen and his friend Golog Jigme came up with the idea to log daily life in Tibet, prior to the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. For that matter they travelled to the remotest corners of Tibet. Dhondup Wangchen’s motivation becomes evident in one of his movie quotes: «At a time of great difficulty and a feeling of helplessness, [the idea of our film is to] get some meaningful response and results. It is very difficult [for Tibetans] to go to Beijing and speak out. So that is why we decided to show with this film, how the Tibetans, living in Tibet, really feel.
Dhondup Wangchen and his co-filmmaker, Golog Jigme, were imprisoned shortly after the filming of the documentary. Fortunately, the footage was passed on to a contact person beforehand, who forwarded it on detours to Dhondup Wangchen’s cousin in Switzerland. 108 interviews, recorded in 35 hours of material were the basis of a 30-minute documentary titled «Leaving Fear Behind». The editing was accomplished with the support of the TYAE (Tibetan Youth Association in Europe).