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Dhasa: Richard Gere, a prominent Hollywood actor and dedicated advocate of human rights in Tibet, has chosen outdoor locations in Dharamshala and Ladakh for his new movie, after permission to film in the so-called Tibetan Autonomous Region was denied by Chinese authorities. Mr Gere has been planning the film for the last five years and has confirmed filming will begin next month.
Lobsang Wangyal, director of the Miss Tibet Pageant and close friend of the film-star, has said the movie is based on Tibet and Buddhism. The finer details, however, are unknown. The Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts has reportedly been contacted by Mr Gere to feature in the film.
Mr Gere, who is chairman of the board of directors of the International Campaign for Tibet, has sponsored many programmes for Tibetans living in exile since his first visit to Dharamshala in the late 1980s. As a result of his strong support for the Tibetan cause, the actor is permanently prohibited form entering the People's Republic of China.