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How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? These are some of the questions posed to His Holiness the Dalai Lama by filmmaker and explorer Rick Ray. Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving together observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East, and the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. This is his story, as told and filmed by Rick Ray during a private visit to his monastery in Dharamsala, India over the course of several months. Also included is rare historical footage as well as footage supplied by individuals who at great personal risk, filmed with hidden cameras within Tibet. Part biography, part philosophy, part adventure and part politics, "10 Questions for The Dalai Lama" conveys more than history and more than answers - it opens a window into the heart of an ... Written by
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This movie is a documentary about Tibet and the life of the Dalai Lama. It gives a view of who the Dalai Lama really is, told through both archival footage and questions that are asked directly to him during an audience. The questions mostly inquire into the Dalai Lama's opinion on the conflicts in the world, but also deal with finding happiness on a personal level and on a more global level.
Despite the very serious matter (a people in exile, suppression, suffering and loss of a whole culture) the movie - actually the Dalai Lama's strange but contagious laughter - still manages to put a smile on your face. And more importantly, it (he) makes you think.
While the documentary has an indie look and feel to it (I suppose it didn't have much of a budget), I certainly recommend it to anyone who wants to know who the Dalai Lama really is, as a person.
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