Dispatches: Undercover in Tibet

As Tibetan protesters take to the streets in the biggest and most bloody challenge to Chinese rule in nearly 20 years, Dispatches reports on the hidden reality of life under Chinese occupation after spending three months undercover, deep inside the region. Dozens are feared dead after the recent clashes and crackdown by Chinese troops, but with reporting so rigidly controlled from the region little is known of living conditions inside Tibet.

To make this film, Tibetan exile Tash Despa returns to the homeland he risked his life to escape 11 years ago, to carry out secret filming with award-winning, Bafta-nominated director Jezza Neumann (Dispatches Special: China’s Stolen Children). Risking imprisonment and deportation, he uncovers evidence of the “cultural genocide” described by the Dalai Lama.

He finds the nomadic way of life being forcefully wiped out as native Tibetans are stripped of their land and livestock and are being resettled in concrete camps. Tibet reveals the regime of terror which dominates daily life and makes freedom of expression impossible. Tash meets victims of arbitrary arrests, detention, torture and “disappearances” and uncovers evidence of enforced sterilisations on ethnic Tibetan women.

He sees for himself the impact of the enormous military and police presence in the region, and the hunger and hardship being endured by many Tibetans, and hears warnings of the uprising taking place across the provinces now.

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  1. “I hate, I hate, I hate” That mind set will get people nowhere fast. People need to stop looking at the smaller picture of things and stop living in their small little bubbles. There are people suffering out there right now and all you can say is you hate this country or that country? Things like this could be preventable if people start waking up and start stepping out of their little bubbles. It’s time people started joining together to prevent things like this^ from happening, otherwise it’ll just keep happening.

  2. America is the NEW CHINA

    • Yikes. Hopefully you are joking. If not, you are the joke.

      • America is nothing like China, if anything, China is becoming the new America. Jesse you sound very stupid to say the least, do a little research into China’s digusting human rights violations before you run your ignorant mouth. btw, I am Canadian not from the U.S.

  3. This is so sad, it breaks my heart that people and organisations know about this but can’t do nothing but watch while the chinese government & military continue to destroy, torture and kill these poor tibetans

  4. I hate China!

  5. I hate China!

  6. I hate China!

  7. I hate China!

  8. I hate China!