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Tibetan PM-in-Exile launches film on drug abuse, TB in Dharamshala

December 12, 2011 - Dharamshala

The Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile, Lobsang Sangay, has launched 'Kyema', a film made to spread awareness among the Tibetan community on drug abuse and Pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB).

An initiative taken by the health department of the Central Tibetan Administration, the feature film was produced to make people aware of the outcome of diseases like TB and addiction to drugs.

The film was shown at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts in Dharamsala.

"The movie is itself about a young Tibetan guy who is involved with the disease of Tuberculosis and then about the drugs and it's regarding more because this is one of the main concern of the Tibetan health in exile about Tuberculosis and the drug abuse. So, that's why we made this movie," said Samten Dhondup, film director.

He also said that the aim is to teach young people on diseases and that film is one of the best mediums to reach to the masses.

The story of the film is about how a Tibetan family is devastated to know that their son has been addicted to drugs.

The film also unfolds how some of the Tibetan families have been affected by TB and drug abuse over the years.

The film crew is planning to showcase the feature in schools, universities and monasteries to spread as much awareness among people.


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