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The american citizens had already left the rustic, and it sounds as if by no means knew the wear their errant habit had triggered. We have been very wary whereas filming crimson Flag. Our digital camera represented an opportunity for Tibetans to get the observe out to the area approximately stipulations of their kingdom. We had many, many possibilities to list witnesses, yet we handed up a couple of interviews as too reckless for the themes. For the interviews we did behavior, we went to nice lengths to conceal either the topics and their speedy atmosphere. I bear in mind one interview we had prepared with a monk. As within the American South through the civil rights period, a few of the independence leaders within Tibet are non secular figures, priests and nuns. at the appointed night we all started jogging looking for this actual monk on the mouth of the Barkor, simply as evening fell. Snowy remnants of the monsoon have been nonetheless hugging the peaks round the Lhasa valley, whereas lightning flashed within the evening. The air smelled like ozone and mud. huge puddles stood in slim streets as thunder rolled during the darkness. elements of the outdated Barkor are a human-sized maze. It’s effortless to turn into disoriented, even in large sunlight. tonight there has been no moon; we handed from one Tibetan to a different via a chain of checkpoints, backtracking a few times to determine if we have been being undefined. ultimately we entered a monastery and have been led right into a room the place i'll suppose the stress like a knot throughout us: the clergymen, our consultant, the viewers with the digital camera. We’d used mask to hide our topics ahead of, yet this night was once diversified. I needed to be extra crafty within the means I lit the 2 males to ensure that Orville and the monk have been so brightly lit that the remainder of the room fell into darkness. We didn’t dare express a unmarried reference aspect within the heritage that would later support chinese language experts determine the monastery. eventually I settled on capturing at an perspective over the monk’s shoulder, along with his gown draped over his head, protecting his profile. We taped his voice, yet later manipulated it in order that it used to be disguised to boot. The monk was once a militant and hence an immense distinction to the Dalai Lama’s message of nonviolence. He declared that the chinese language understood basically strength, and how to rid his state of them used to be in the course of the barrel of a gun, deliberately quoting Chairman Mao. He used to be a strong speaker, and his testimony may shape a key a part of our documentary. We entire the interview a lot later than we’d anticipated, and began again out of the Barkor. A depraved thunderstorm was once blowing after we left the monastery, and with each increase, the stray canines that roamed the alleyways barked and howled. Rain poured down from the darkish sky, soaking us to the surface. I anxious the entire as far back as our inn, yet now not approximately thunderstorms. the cloth we’d simply recorded was once explosive. If the chinese language obtained their palms on our uncooked tape, it will suggest hassle for everybody concerned. I had left the interview tapes with a prearranged touch individual contained in the Barkor who knew how you can ahead them to Frontline if Orville, David, or I had any issues of the chinese language professionals at our resort.