Tibetan film festival opens Thursday at Riverview Theater

Proceeds benefit Tibetan-related organizations

The 2007 Twin Cities Tibetan Film Festival opens Friday, May 11 at the Riverview Theater, 3800 42nd Ave. S. with the film Daughters of Everest, introduced by North Pole explorer Ann Bancroft and followed by an opening night reception.

The festival continues through Sunday with nine other films, including recent releases such as 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, Vajra Sky Over Tibet, and Milarepa: Magician, Murderer, Saint, as well as “spiritual classics” like The Message of the Tibetans and Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy.

Tickets are $15 for the opening night film ($25 includes the following reception, with free wine and food from Everest on Grand and Khyber Pass Café); $12 for 7 p.m. showings and $10 for all others. Full-festival passes are available for $90; single-day passes are $28.

An ongoing silent auction will take place before and after each showing. Proceeds benefit the Tibetan American Foundation of MN, Society for Gyuto Sacred Arts, and the Rimé Foundation, which hosts the festival. "The three nonprofit beneficiaries are committed to preserving Tibet’s rich heritage and providing access to its spiritual and cultural resources," according to the Rimé Foundation's website.

For tickets, a full schedule and list of sponsors or more information about the festival, individual films or the Rimé Foundation, visit www.rimefoundation.org/filmfest.htm.

last revised: May 8, 2007