September 30, 2006
The Romanian cameraman Sergiu Matei, part of a group of climbers, recorded the murder of a Buddhist nun by Chinese guard in the Nangpa La pass between Tibet and Nepal.
The video is the first and only evidence of the reality in Tibet. It reveals a group of Tibetan refugees, including children, who came under fire from Chinese guards in their attempt to leave Tibet. Kelsang Namtso, 17 years old, was killed and a number were injured. Sergiu Matei also helped a Tibetan pilgrim to hide, gave him food and clothes.
“They shoot them like dogs”, the words of the cameraman during the recording and the images went around the world.
The movie of Sergiu Matei received an Emmy nomination. Also, Sergiu Matei was invited at the International Charity Gala “Cinema for Peace” at the Berlinale where Richard Gere was chairman for the International Campagne for Tibet.
In 2008, Sergiu Matei met Dalai Lama. “You are the Romanian that helped us?” said Dalai Lama and then he thanked to Sergiu Matei for revealing the truth.
2008: “Tibet: Murder in the Snow” – documentary based on the incident
2010: “Murder in the High Himalayas” – a book by the English journalist Jonathan Green