Film screening: Nowhere to call home: A Tibetan in Beijing
Jocelyn Ford, former Beijing and Tokyo bureau chief for the U.S. public radio show Marketplace, has been based in East Asia for three decades. Her groundbreaking reporting on "comfort women" in the 1990s was a catalyst for raising awareness about World War II abuses of women across Asia by Japan's military.
Following a chance encounter on the streets of Beijing, a destitute Tibetan widow tries to give her child to an international journalist, drawing the unwitting foreigner into a family feud over the only surviving heir to a Tibetan clan.
The award-winning documentary NOWHERE TO CALL HOME provides a rare and intimate glimpse into the world of a Tibetan farmer, torn between her traditional way of life and her desire for her son to have a better future. Shot in the slums of Beijing and a remote Tibetan village, this gripping story of a woman determined to beat the odds puts a human face on the political strife that fractures China and Tibet. Along the way it challenges common western stereotypes about Chinese and Tibetans, and reveals a dark side of life in a traditional village, where the saying goes, 'women aren't worth a penny.'
The film has been screened in many different countries, including China, and received several awards. For more information about the film, including the trailer, see here
And for a news report on the film see the following article in The New York Times here