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China frees internationally acclaimed Tibetan filmmaker: Family

Published on Jun 6, 2014 12:30 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A Tibetan filmmaker who won international recognition for a bold documentary on ordinary people's grievances against Chinese rule has been freed after serving a six-year sentence, his family said on Thursday.

Mr Dhondup Wangchen, who had no formal education, taught himself film-making and trekked around Tibetan areas for five months to make Leaving Fear Behind, which asks ordinary people their views about sensitive issues for China including the role of the exiled but revered Dalai Lama.

The Chinese authorities arrested him in 2008 and charged him with subversion just after he completed the film, which was screened internationally as Tibetan protests flared months before the Beijing Olympics.

Mr Wangchen's family said in a statement that he was released from prison in Qinghai province's capital Xining after serving out his sentence and was driven to his sister's home.

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