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.


(as Tom Peosay)
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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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Behind the secrets... Beyond your imagination... An unforgettable epic of courage and compassion.


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12 September 2003 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

A hóoroszlán üvöltése  »

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$22,688 (USA) (12 December 2003)


$577,841 (USA) (11 June 2004)

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A must see documentary
7 May 2006 | by (Toronto,Canada) – See all my reviews

I've rated this doc. 10 ;howver, I believe that it should be rated 7 or 8 regarding a critical point of view. The reason behind of my rating is obvious: a few people (probably with Chines origin or back ground) have been quite unfair to the movie. You may not agree with the political concept of the film or find some statistics unreal or exaggerated, but you can not deny that it's a good documentary in terms of edit,cinematography and music. Moreover, there are thousands of reports by different people and independent human rights organizations which confirms that a permanent genocide is going on at the roof top of the world. It's the exact story of Middle East conflicts between Palestinians and Israelis.Israel tries to settle more Jews in occupied land of Palestine, treat Palestinians like second class citizens and neglect their rights of having access to the job market,education and professional business activities.The difference is Palestinians fight back Israel (some times with terrorism targeting civilians that results in more violence) while Tibetans prefer a non violence resistance. Back to our movie, I like the accurate and interesting story line of the film, many references to the real witnesses and victims and fusion of the politic with Tibetan's culture and Buddhism which are the main aspect of Tibet and its people.

I guess movie should interview some Chinese who are living in Tibet and ask their opinions as well. But I am not sure how legally it would be possible under the strict and harsh supervision of Chinese government. Overall, I strongly recommend the movie for its beautiful and artistic narration of the history of Tibet under the tyranny of Republic of China.

I hope in the near future more and more Chinese respect their wonderful neighbors and fight for own democracy and freedom.

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