She has caught my attention over her plight against Communist China invading and killing her people in Tibet. She moves amongst the free world as does the Lama fortunately.
Amnesty International Film Festival 2011
November 26th, 2011
As the dominant powers lurch from economic instability to political crisis and back again, true global tales of heroism, resistance, and compassion are being lost in the shuffle. While newshounds are transfixed by sordid details of vitriolic political division and fallen entertainment idols, techno-gadgets and shady stock market practices, the majority public wonders: Is there any true leadership, any genuine vision left in the world? When will demagoguery fall away and our leaders take up the mantle of meaningful change? Where is our cherished value of a better world for all?
Luckily, there are new visionaries who are fed up with waiting for change to trickle down from the top; globally, they are righting the wrongs they see in their communities today. In Nicaragua, Yamileth Cahvarria’s local radio station shames abusers of women in her community, brazenly defying the established order of sexism and violence. Aid workers in East Africa, tired of waiting for the world to end a 20-year-old conflict, help former child soldiers to regain their humanity and believe in the future. Once one of the world’s richest women, Ribya Kadeer, the de facto leader of the Uyghurs, continues to speak out about the brutality inflicted on her people by the Chinese government, despite the toll it has taken on her own children, imprisoned and mistreated. And on the heels of the Nobel Committee’s historic award of the Peace Prize to three African women, a look back at the loved (and recently departed) Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement which has planted over 45-million trees in Kenya and seeded the rebirth of transparent democracy in the region.