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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

If you have not seen the movie Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion yet, you should. It was such an eye opening documentary. I have seen movies about Tibet before, some focusing on the Dalai Lama, some focusing on the plight of the monks and/or the Tibetan people. But this film gives you an understanding of the scope of the issue from all sides, and has parts of interviews, mixed with actual footage and photos from the invasion of Tibet. It also gives an overview of the changes brought on by China and how the Tibetan people who are still living in Tibet, as well as in India, live today.

Just a fabulous film. Here is a review I found online:

"Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" makes the plight of Chinese-dominated Tibet palpable with an intimate look at the people living under not only military repression but economic desperation...

Produced by Maria Florio and Victoria Mudd (Academy Award winners for their documentary "Broken Rainbow") and Tom and Sue Peosay, and scripted by Mudd and Sue Peosay, "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion" is a seamless blend of the epic and the personal. Its genesis was Tom Peosay's journey to Tibet as a tourist and mountaineer in 1987, during which time he and other visitors witnessed the rioting in Lhasa that followed several pro-independence rallies led by Buddhist monks and nuns. The Communist Chinese occupiers quickly and brutally subdued the ethnic Tibetans, for whom writing or saying "I am a Tibetan," displaying the snow lion-emblazoned national flag, or possessing photos of the Dalai Lama are punishable as criminal acts. This experience propelled a team led by Peosay — a director of photography for PBS, A&E, Discovery and MSNBC — to nine trips over ten years back through the region, and also Nepal and India."

There is more to the review but I will let you read it for yourself.

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