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Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion
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Halfway through this probing, sensitive, sharp, spiritual documentary film I thought to myself, "wow, this is what CIA covert propaganda *should* be able to produce" and then instantly corrected myself: David Ignatius of the Washington Post has it right: overt action is vastly superior to covert action, and in this instance, a loose coalition of kindred spirits have come together in time and focus to produce something remarkable, something much more threatening to Chinese behavior in Tibet than any military armada: a collage of truth-telling.
This is a world-class documentary, full of vivid images, well-blended historical and modern footage, and extremely good production planning and voice over editing. Early on I was struck by the similarity between the Tibetans, the Native Americans, and the Guatemalan Indians, all of whom share some basic moral precepts.
The portrait painted of Tibet as a nation committed to the concept of spiritual education, is a compelling one. One analogy offered up by one of those interviewed I found especially compelling: Tibet was spending 85% of its budget on spiritual development, with 10% of its population in monasteries--this being the equivalent of America redirecting its entire defense budget toward education.
The documentary will clearly infuriate the Chinese, for it carefully itemizes the many ways in which Tibet is uniquely Tibetan, including in its language, greatly distant from Chinese. Shown are Chinese torture instruments, including electrical cattle prods used in the vaginas of nuns and the mouths and throats of monks. The photographs are graphic.Read more ›
But what most of us probably weren't aware of, is how involved the U.S. was (is) in the demise of the Tibetan way of life. Oh sure! Blame it on the West again! But seriously, think about the following:
In the 1970's, Nixon sent Kissinger on a secret mission to help form guerrilla fighters in Tibet, so that they could fight off the Chinese troops. Then, when Nixon later wanted to open up China for trade, the first thing the U.S. did was break off all connections with those same guerillas, hanging them out to dry.
Move to current day, and we have the U.S. and China in major trade relations. More than $85 billion comes into the U.S. from China. How can Tibet compete against the Almighty Dollar? The fact is, they can't.
Even though the Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his decision to fight the Chinese government using non-violent acts, even though Tibet is now dedicated to peace and its "true" inhabitants don't lift a finger when troops storm into their monestaries, even though their way of life and their heritage is being picked apart bit by bit, America (and the UN, too) turns a blind eye. $85 million; how do you compete with that?
The final message of the film is uplifting. The narrators mention that Apartheid ended in South Africa and the Berlin Wall fell (even though everyone thought neither of these two things possible). Can Tibet, likewise, be salvaged?
Pray to Buddha that they can.
Okay, enough of the political commentary.Read more ›
Robert D. Askren,Ph.D.
Somehow James Hilton's vision of Tibet described in the Last Horizon was still working in the subconscious mind of directors such as Bertolucci, Scorsese and Annaud. In the recent years many criticisms have been expressed on this kind of outlook on Tibet and finally also Hollywood has decided to diffuse a well made, educational, modern documentary on Tibet.
The Cry of the Snow Lion is a very rich visual document because interviews with tortured monks and nuns, exiled tibetans, and world specialists on tibetan issues (see John Avedon for example) are interspaced with inserts on Tibetan history and culture.
All the "pieces" are contextualized by a narrating voice that explains and links together the whole documentary.
Facts and figures are meticulously reported: the number of dead, the causes direct and indirect of the happenings, the quantity of the monastaries destroyed and how many Han chinese have immigrated to the country.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Absolutey awesome doc. One of the BEST Tibetan doc's done describing the history and turmoil, the love and the sadness of the Tibetan situation. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Wind Dancer
This film shares interviews and new clips to formulate a story of Tibet and how our own government is involved in such dirty deeds which hurt an innocent people all in the name of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Kytka Hilmar-Jezek
A powerful film that is difficult for me to watch but I am grateful to have the awareness of what this film portrays. The disc arrived in good condition and in a timely manner.Published on November 29, 2013 by A. Marshall
I bought this for two reasons. I am Buddhist, and I am researching a book that I am writing. I saw it first on Hulu I think, but instantly bought it when I realized that this was... Read morePublished on September 4, 2013 by Michael Hillsgrove
fine movie ... painful to watch because i keep up daily with what is happening to the tibetans in their land as a result of the chinese takeover and severe abuse.Published on March 4, 2013 by jude ranson
Few people even know where Tibet is and certainly do not know of the deep and long lasting world tragedy that happened and is happening there. Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Charles H. Harpole
Watched this 2 times, both were eye opening.
Highly recommend this if you are wanting to learn about Tibet. Read more
Apparently it's possible to watch this film and entirely miss the point.
Did some nameless organization declare that this was genocide, or not genocide? Did 1. Read more
"Tibet; Cry of the Snow Lion" is a very good documentary with a good mix of newsreel film, spectacular mountain vistas, interviews, and modern footage of the Tibetan problems. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Randy Keehn
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