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9 September 1999 (Australia) See more »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Harshly revealing, a strong political statement. See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)
Dadon ... Dolkar
Jampa Kelsang ... Dorjee

Richard Chang ... Duan-Ping
Yu Lu ... Du Han-Shen
Taije Silverman ... Amy

Directed by
Paul Wagner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Julia Elliot  writer
Thupten Tsering Mukhimsar  (as Thupten Tsering)
Paul Wagner  writer

Produced by
Tom Grant .... line producer
Ellen Casey Wagner .... executive producer
Paul Wagner .... producer
Original Music by
Sam Chapin 
John Dana 
Tommy Hayes 
Cinematography by
Steve Schecter 
Film Editing by
Tony Black 
Paul Wagner 
Sound Department
Harikumar Pillai .... sound mixer
Harikumar Pillai .... sound
Harikumar Pillai .... supervising sound editor
Skip SoRelle .... post-production audio
Editorial Department
Susan Scott .... assistant editor

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97 min
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Harshly revealing, a strong political statement., 9 September 1999
Author: nz man from New Zealand

After reading several external reviews for this film, I decided to see this film with three friends (age 35 - 50s). We agreed that it was well acted and filmed. However, we felt somewhat shattered afterwards. The brutal beating of the Buddhist nun is not pleasant. This is not a feel-good happy film. The Chinese are certainly the villains, and the story line is fairly predictable. If you are attracted to political films, or want to bolster your feelings about the terrible plight of the Tibetan people, or just want an insight into a slice of Tibetan life, then go see this film. It is a powerful film with a strong message.

One small criticism is that we did not believe that in 1997 a Chinese government-sponsered pop singer would be singing about Chairman Mao; Mao was given up long ago, right?

The film begins and ends with a lovely spiritual message about 'windhorse prayers'. This seems to be the only hope that the film gives for Tibet.

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