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Tibet in Song


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Tibet's folk songs convey and preserve ethnic, religious and philosophical customs that date to primeval times. But China's "patriotic reeducation" of Tibetan citizens through its dissemination of nationalistic pop songs is designed to wipe out Tibetan cu

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Ngawang Choephel would have had a compelling film had he simply stuck to his own remarkable story.... [but it] is doubly powerful because he also weaves in the overall history of Tibet's struggle... -- --Neil Genzlinger, The New York Times

An impassioned documentary that functions as both a tour of a fading world of song and dance and a cry of rage at its snuffing out. -- --Ty Burr, The Boston Globe

We highly recommend this beautiful and important film. We encourage you to not only help support our dear friend Ngawang, but also to raise awareness about his important film, and the importance of preserving and respecting world cultures and promoting artistic freedom. -- --Amnesty International USA Web Log

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  • Actors: Ngawang Choephel
  • Directors: Ngawang Choephel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KC4LKS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,205 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kristina jones on September 7, 2011
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This is an exceptional film. It tells the story of music in Tibet, including when the Chinese invaded with their "box music" ie. cultural radio music. The director of this film was imprisoned for trying to collect Tibetan folk type songs, and several artists are shown who were imprisoned for keeping music alive. There are images of Chinese invasion of TIbet including smashing of priceless buddhas which I found upsetting, having visited Bhutan and seen similar 17th century treasures. The music keeps the film on a fun, uplifting note and is well translated. Cool even if you know nothing about Tibet or buddhism, just for the music history and culture clash aspects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ottaviani Luigi on December 31, 2011
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Warmly suggested to who is interest in Tibetan culture! One of the best movies on the subject I saw in recent years!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ronwood on December 28, 2012
The beautiful country and the enduring spirit of Tibet is revealed in stunning photography exposing half a century of Chinese occupation. Simple wholesome people whose customs, language and song have been commandeered by a brutal occupation in this story show how insidious and deliberate this erase of a culture in modern times has occurred without any opposition from the rest of the world. The essence of Tibetan songs, they have a song for almost every activity in their daily lives, has been swapped out for Chinese music celebrating the communist party. The ensuing generations of young people now listen to Chinese song and know little of their culture. Is the motive simply territorial? Certainly the remaining "Autonomous" Territory of Tibet is half the size of the pre-occupation country. The WHY? of the culture-cide otherwise remains a mystery to the world. The Spirit of Tibet lives on in the older generations, but seems to be headed for the anthropologist's library as the deliberate erasure of their culture continues. A beautiful way of life, a simple people in one of the world's most spectacular landscapes, is systematically being disappeared. Prayer wheels, prayer flags, staggering mountain top vistas, yaks, nomadic life, all being replaced with modern Chinese boom boxes and traffic jams...
This movie is a moving experience presented with appropriate simplicity. The Dalai Lama presides over the Tibetan government in exile in India. Like his people, he continues to celebrate the good, the true and the beautiful. Is he fighting a lost cause...?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By un survivant on September 29, 2012
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Courage and music go together hand in hand in this movie. The terrifying process of culture destruction by a big power crushing a pacific country is happening in front of our very eyes. Keep on singing from the ttop of the world Thibet. All things must pass. Even China.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By balam on March 17, 2012
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This is an outstanding recording which shows how important is not only to people in general, but to Tibetans in particular.
How perfectly the Chinese plan to wipe out Tibetan culture. Even their music is prohibited, changed, or totally wiped out by very load Chinese propaganda songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Morgus on January 15, 2012
I was in the process of reading the book Freeing Tibet and wanted to have a better sense of the country, the people and their culture. This film really showcased the Tibetans customs in song, dance, traditional clothing and their efforts to keep them alive while the Chinese government works to eliminate them. A very enlightening and educational film for anyone that wants to have a better understanding of the Tibetans struggle for independence.
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If you live on this planet and have any roots in a culture or tradition, this film will speak to you and mean something that will surely ignite a yearn for change in the way we are going with the flow of cultural depression, as a society. The film depicts a story of blind hope from a distance, while capturing endless beauty and truly inspiring values. Whether you are Tibetan, Central- or South American, African, or from any other region with a long lineage of indigenous arts, most likely this will resonate with you as to what has happened in those cultures over the centuries as well. More than a documentary film ,this is a message to humanity. Do not miss it!
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