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Report: Chinese documentaries spreading Tibet misinformation
A recently released CGTN documentary, "Daughters of Tibet," aims to shed light on the lives of a new generation of Tibetan women.
China-A recently released CGTN documentary, "Daughters of Tibet," aims to shed light on the lives of a new generation of Tibetan women.
The film highlights the stories of five inspiring individuals, most of whom were born after 1995, as they pursue their dreams on the plateau while making meaningful contributions to their hometowns.
The documentary was released ahead of International Women's Day on March 10. According to a CGTN report, the film also focuses on the lives of four elderly Tibetan women who survived feudal serfdom and sheds light on the significant changes that have taken place in Tibet since the emancipation of the serfs.
Tibetans in exile marked the 64th Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10, 2023, with demonstrations calling for international support in their peaceful struggle and urging China to be held accountable for its human rights violations in occupied Tibet.
Meanwhile, China invented "Serfs' Emancipation Day" on March 28 as a countermeasure to the Tibetan uprising day, and is employing propaganda documentaries and other tools to promote its narrative.
The new CGTN documentary "Daughters of Tibet" portrays a "new generation of Tibetan women" and highlights the stories of five individuals who chase their dreams while making contributions to their hometowns.
The documentary also features four elderly Tibetan women who survived serfdom and sheds light on the changes that have taken place in Tibet since the emancipation of the serfs.
The documentary aims to show that women in "modern" Tibet have choices and are given freedom.
However, it is part of the larger "development" narrative that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) promotes about Tibet, which suggests that Tibetans welcome their liberation by the CCP and that China has selflessly assisted Tibetan social and economic development.
China has conducted seminars, exhibitions, and social media posts to promote "China's Tibet" and has invited foreign vloggers and influencers to paint a positive image of occupied Tibet, where human rights violations continue.
The CCP handles claim fancy GDP growth rates in Tibet, but this does not reflect the real condition of Tibetans inside Tibet.
China is also attempting to interfere in the reincarnation debates of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and further Sinicize Tibetan Buddhism.
It has produced propaganda TV productions such as the TV series "Tashilhunpo," which gives a detailed account of the search for the reincarnations of the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama.
Tibet Rights Collective reported that China's propaganda is a gross misrepresentation of the actual situation inside Tibet, and that it aims to create a false narrative that Tibetans are happy and prosperous under Chinese rule.