Unfortunately, the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people receive little political support in their drive to put an end to the Chinese brutal regime, as international governments are ... See full summary »


Dirk Simon


Dirk Simon
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Credited cast:
Youdon Aukatsang Youdon Aukatsang ... Self
Bhusang Bhusang ... Self
Tenzin Choeying Tenzin Choeying ... Self
Tenzin Chogkyi Tenzin Chogkyi ... Self
The Dalai Lama ... Self
Thupten Dhargyal Thupten Dhargyal ... Self
Tenzin Dorjee Tenzin Dorjee ... Self
Richard Gere ... Self
Kalsang Phuntsok Gordukpa Kalsang Phuntsok Gordukpa ... Self
Lodi G. Gyari Lodi G. Gyari ... Self
Dennis Haysbert ... Self - Narration
Shihan Hussaini Shihan Hussaini ... Self
Jhamchoe Jhamchoe ... Self
Lhakpa Kyizom Lhakpa Kyizom ... Self
Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari Trichen ... Self


Unfortunately, the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people receive little political support in their drive to put an end to the Chinese brutal regime, as international governments are seemingly motivated by economic interests in China. The lack of progress toward a free, or even a truly autonomous Tibet, urges more and more young Tibetans to consider alternatives to the Dalai Lama's Middle Way Policy, a compromise on Tibet's Independence. The controversial discussion about the right strategy for achieving a free Tibet - non-violent or violent, autonomy or complete independence - is becoming more emotionally charged day by day. Monks have been leading Tibet and Tibetans for generations, not only in religious, but also in worldly matters. But monks have vows that bind them. And often those vows conflict with the needs of politics. The Tibetan movement today is divided and weakened by an ongoing argument whether the Dalai Lama"s Middle Way Policy is the right strategy or not. Tibetans are... Written by Dirk Simon

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After a nomination in 8 categories, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun receives the Maverick Movie Award for Best Chronicle (Dirk Simon), Best Cinematography (Jeff Pointer, Robert Muratore) and Best Original Score (Philip Glass, Thom Yorke, Damien Rice). See more »

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Great film!
7 February 2010 | by miainchinaSee all my reviews

It was a great film! Please go see it with an open mind. Please pretend its a story from a different planet and watch the story unfold without any judgement. Don't impose your own political agenda on it. Listen to what people have to say.

This film is very informative. It has opinions of not both, but many sides. When you are trying to form an opinion, you need as many different opinions as possible. And this film was good for that.

I wonder whether this film will be shown in China. Will be very interesting to see a debate on this topic. Isn't that what a documentary is for? To start a conversation? I believe this film will do its job.

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English | Tibetan

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Free Motion Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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