Tibetan exile Tash Despa returns to the homeland he risked his life escaping from to carry out secret filming with the award-winning, Bafta-nominated director Jezza Neumann. At the risk to its makers of imprisonment and deportation, this Dispatches film reveals the hidden reality of life under Chinese occupation in Tibet, uncovering evidence of the ‘cultural genocide’ described by the Dalai Lama.
Along the way, Tash finds the nomadic way of life being forcefully wiped out as native Tibetans are stripped of their land and livestock and resettled in concrete camps. He meets victims of arbitrary arrests, detention, torture and ‘disappearances’ and uncovers evidence of enforced sterilisations on ethnic Tibetan women. His film reveals the regime of terror that dominates daily life in Tibet and makes freedom of expression impossible.