French director once banished from China along with Brad Pitt for 1997 'Tibet' film makes successful return

March 20, 2015 3:23 PM

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"One million Tibetans have died as a result of the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Six thousand monasteries were destroyed," read one. Said the next: "In 1959, the Dalai Lama was forced to flee to India. He still lives there today, trying to promote a peaceful resolution with the Chinese. In 1989, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize."

The movie so rankled Beijing that not only was the film banned in China but Annaud, Pitt and his costar, David Thewlis, were also declared personae non gratae and unwelcome to enter the country. And to this day, Beijing continues to be extremely touchy about Tibet and the Dalai Lama (whom they regar...

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