Film Studio International
I must confess that all this merely made me identify more intensely
with the role of the persecuted monk who secretly returned to
his country. And I faced those careful checks by the Lhasa customs
officers patiently and meekly, whereas – just a few days
earlier – if the restaurant waitress were slow bringing
me the hamburger I’d ordered, or if it weren’t cooked
the way I’d asked, or if the leaf of lettuce were too little,
the onion too raw, or the coffee too cold, I’d have started
shouting like a madman. Then, when I entered the hotel and a girl
put a white synthetic scarf around my neck and bowed quickly,
her hands folded, I finally became a monk. The cold room where
I stayed immediately seemed luxurious, and when I opened the mini-bar
and found it empty, a masochistic shiver of pleasure ran down
my back. ...
I will leave this letter with the concierge at the hotel where
your crew is filming scenes for the film The Heroes of Lhasa,
which seems to be the story of the handful of Chinese soldiers
who were clubbed to death by the population during the invasion
My address is listed below. Please alert the United States authorities
of my status and condition.
We are unaware of the reasons you left the country and have resided
in Tibet since January 2000. Regardless of your religious motivations...
Yours respectfully, Anthony Rosenberg
... And this is why he always carries with him – well concealed
– two of the works censored in Tibet: Happy Times and Rudyard
I anxiously await the arrival of the tourist season every year.