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A handy e-mail to have around

Posted at 7:30 PM on May 23, 2007 by Euan Kerr

(Image courtesy Monterey Media Inc)

Every once in a while you hear a film making story that is almost more incredible than the film it concerns. Travel film maker Rick Ray (above right) went to India a few years ago mainly because he was promised a chance to interview the Dalai Lama. When he got there however he discovered someone had been feeding him a line, and nothing was actually arranged - and no-one knew how to set it up.

Ray had just about given up on the idea of doing the interview when suddenly the 80 year-old driver who had already taken him across the country mentioned that he had the Dalai Lama's e-mail address.

Now the Dalai Lama doesn't actually spend much if any time on the web, but his staff does and shortly after the highly skeptical Ray composed a request at a handy cyber-cafe, he got a response, inviting him to go to Dharmasala to do an interview.

The resulting film opens at the Oak Street this weekend. You can hear my chat with Rick Ray about his film "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama" here. You can get more information about the film at the official website.

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