2 films pulled from festival over Dalai Lama doc

The Dalai Lama leads prayers for the victims of the terrorist attacks in the U.S. at Dharamsala on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2001. The exiled Tibetan leader earlier sent a letter of condolence to President Bush, in which he is believed to have urged him not to respond violently to the attacks. (AP Photo/Angus McDonald)

January 6, 2010 8:43:58 PM PST
The director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival says two Chinese movies selected for the event have been withdrawn in response to the scheduled screenings of a documentary about the Dalai Lama and Tibet.

Darryl Macdonald says "City of Life and Death" and "Quick, Quick, Slow" were withdrawn from the 21st annual festival after organizers declined Chinese government representatives' request to cancel screenings of "The Sun Behind the Clouds."

The documentary portrays a year in the life of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader whom Beijing accuses of seeking Tibetan independence from Chinese rule.