"Tibet is pure and I don't see any 'repression' or 'cultural genocide' here," French documentary director Jean Michel Carre said before the opening ceremony of the Fourth Forum on Development of Tibet, China.
French documentary director Jean Michel Carre on the opening ceremony of the Fourth Forum on Development of Tibet, China. [Photo/China Tibet Online]
The Fourth Forum on Development of Tibet, China, jointly organized by the State Council Information Office of China and the People's Government of Tibet Autonomous Region, is held in Lhasa, capital city of Tibet Autonomous Region, from August 12 to August 13, followed by two-day visit in Tibet's Nyingchi Prefecture.
This year, the forum focuses on the sustainable development and environmental protection, culture and tourism of Tibet, on which over 80 scholars and experts have submitted their papers and research reports to the organizers for the group discussion on the following days.
Jean Michel Carre, a 66-year-old film director, has made more than 50 films over the past 40 years, chiefly in Russia, Ukraine, Latin America and many European countries.
Recently he has made a documentary film on China, which is in three parts, each lasting one hour. The film describes, with an unbiased approach, Chinese history of one and a half centuries, from the Opium War in 1840 until the presidency of Xi Jinping in nowadays.
Having been in Lhasa for two days, Carre has taken many walks on the streets of Lhasa, commenting as "I see people smiling and Tibet is so pure".
He said that he planned to make a documentary on Tibet in future to tell the people in France what Tibet really looks like.
"I don't like those people who do not understand China. People only know about the Dalai Lama but not Tibet, which has no repression or cultural genocide as reported frequently by the media back home."
He also said with smile that "it is possible with China for me to come" after filming something objective yet "not very nice" about China, referring to his experience of "impossibility" to go to Russia again after his filming something "not nice"