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Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion

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Ten years in the making, this award-winning documentary was filmed during a remarkable nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. CRY OF THE SNOW LION brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world" with an unprecedented richness of imagery… from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to the magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. The dark secrets of Tibet’s recent past are powerfully chronicled through riveting personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film. A definitive exploration of a legendary subject, TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION is an epic story of courage and compassion.

Special Features

  • Interviews with the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman
  • Journey to Lhasa
  • Khamba Horse Races
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Music Video
  • Sakya Masked Dances

Product Details

  • Actors: Edward Edwards, Shirley Knight Ed Harris
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 2004
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00064MWJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,622 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion" on IMDb

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180 of 188 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 15, 2005
Format: DVD
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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.
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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful By B. Merritt VINE VOICE on January 21, 2005
Format: DVD
I knew some of Tibet's history and social ills before picking up this DVD at my local video store. So many actors and artists have made the Tibetans' persecutions known to us that it'd be almost impossible to think most Americans don't have a general understanding of their oppression.

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.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Robert D. Askren on January 15, 2006
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"Cry of The Snow Lion" is a beautiful documentary of the plight of the people of Tibet before and after the Communist China invasion. It reveals that once again our government's foreign policy is driven by materialism and greed instead of democratic principle and loyalty. Highlights of the film are news clips and interviews with primary sources. This is a well produced "docudrama".

Robert D. Askren,Ph.D.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Magalini Sabina on July 9, 2006
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The great interest of general public in Tibet, expecially from the American point of view, can be dated to the end of the 1980's, when after Nixon's opening to Chinese commerce, Tibet was abandoned to it's tragic destiny by the world's most influential countries. American intellectuals and artists at that moment realized that only publicity and campaigns to stimulate public opinion could help this non belligerant nation to regain its country. In the 1990's, from 1994 to 1997, three Hollywood megaproductions were issued (Little Buddha, Kundun and Seven Years in Tibet). These three movies had great success, sometimes more in the rest of the world than in the USA, but each of them in its own way gave a distorted picture of Tibetan reality from the 1950's up to now.

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.
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