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Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2002)

Unrated  |   |  Documentary, History  |  12 September 2003 (Canada)
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A film about the state of Chinese occupied Tibet and its history of oppression and resistance.

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Filmed during nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal, this film brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world"... from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. The dark secrets of Tibet's recent past are chronicled through personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images. TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION is an epic story of courage and compassion. Written by Sue Peosay

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To "Hollywood-ize" such a complex issue
22 September 2007 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

in a supposedly "documentary" format, is an unforgivable crime.

this film deifies Tibet and Tibetan culture, while dehumanizing the Chinese and Chinese culture.

this is pure, unadulterated, venomous, anti-PRC propaganda, and does nothing to further an understanding of the political, cultural, and historical issues at stake in Tibet.

of course the film doesn't mention that the first "Dalai Lama" was installed by the Chinese army, at their request. of course the film doesn't mention that the Dalai Lama is head of only 1 out of 4 of the Tibetan Buddhist sects - and that the others regard him as a spiritually corrupted politician. of course the film doesn't mention prior to PRC rule over 90% of the population lived as Serfs, many as virtual slaves to their landlords - there were no schools, no hospitals, no opportunities. of course the film doesn't mention that every suffering the Tibetans have endured under PRC rule, and also been endured - often to a greater extent - by the rest of China its 55 other ethnicities.

the world is nowhere near as black and white as the American makers of this film would have us believe. they ought to be ashamed of themselves.


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