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Mpls. filmmaker to screen portions of new documentary about Miss Tibet pageant

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A Minneapolis filmmaker is screening portions of her latest documentary about a Tibetan beauty pageant in Dharamsala, India, on Thursday.

The Facebook page for "Miss Tibet: Beauty in Exile" says the Norah Shapiro will be at the event -- "Depth of Field: A Filmmaker Looks at Diaspora" -- at the Trylon Microcinema Thursday night in Minneapolis.

The film examines an event very unfamiliar to the Tibetan culture: A beauty pageant.

"Within a culture long revered for spirituality and high value placed on inner beauty, a maverick Tibetan promoter engages in a seemingly most un-Tibetan undertaking: a western-style beauty pageant," according to the film's website.

The screening is part of the Rimon Artist Salon Series, which is being presented by the Rimon: The Minnesota Jewish Arts Council.

Shapiro -- one of two winners of the 2012 McKnight Filmmaking Fellowship -- will be joined by fellow filmmaker Lu Lippold at the event "to discuss the challenges of working inside another culture and how the experience of exile can create an unexpected bridge between cultures," Rimon says.

Another local connection to the film: Tenzing Lhamo (pictured), from Madison, Wis., is a contestant in the Miss Tibet 2013 competiton. Lhamo is a Registered Nurse with bachelor’s degrees in biology and nursing

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