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Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam 
Movie screening 
Tibet House US gallery 
Thursday, January 31, 2013 At 07:00 PM  
Free admission 
Thursday, January 31 at 7PM 

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THE SHADOW CIRCUS: THE CIA IN TIBET reveals a little-known aspect of Tibet's recent history: the country's armed struggle against the invading forces of Communist China. Contrary to the generally held preconception of a deeply religious and peace-loving people, the Tibetans fought a long and bloody - though ultimately, unsuccessful - guerrilla campaign. They were aided in their efforts by an unlikely ally, the CIA. The project, code-named ST Circus, was one of the longest-running covert operations in support of the American government's primary objective of destabilizing Communist China's regime. The CIA's involvement produced Tibetan resistance fighters trained in guerrilla warfare. These soldiers were instrumental in assisting the Dalai Lama flee to India.


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Between 1957 and 1969 the CIA armed, financed, and helped train Tibetan guerrillas who operated first inside Tibet, and later -- after the Dalai Lama's escape to India in 1959 -- from a base in Mustang, a remote corner of northwestern Nepal. This project, code-named ST Circus, was one of the CIA's longest-running covert operations. The withdrawal of the CIA's support in 1969 was as abrupt as its initial involvement was unexpected: The Tibetans had simply fitted into America's larger policy of destabilising or overthrowing Communist regimes, and when that no longer applied, they were abandoned.

Featuring unique archival footage and exclusive interviews with former Tibetan resistance fighters and surviving CIA operatives, this powerful documentary reveals for the first time this hitherto unknown chapter in Tibet's recent history -- a tale that is both heroic and tragic, and full of sad ironies and unexpected twists that overturn all preconceptions about both Tibet and the CIA. It was produced by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam.

Thursday, January 31 at 7PM

Free admission


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