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 Tibets 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.
- Interviews with the Dalai Lama and Robert Thurman
- Journey to Lhasa
- Khamba Horse Races
- Theatrical Trailer
- Music Video
- Sakya Masked Dances
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However, Tibetan Buddhism, which is being crushed in the most horrible ways possible by the Red Chinese, and this sacred place of its residence was and is despoiled and desecrated near to extinction. By Tibetan Buddhist beliefs, such horror will result in centuries of horrid karma coming to Red China. Some see the choking air of their cities as an early sign. When the sacred is beaten out of existence, the whole world loses.
The occupation by Red China has had the result of chasing Buddhism into the larger world. That can be only to the good for all because Tibetan Buddhism is the conscience of mankind. Any work that spreads this word is valuable.
This is a documentary, not a feature film. If you are looking for entertainment, this is not it. If you are looking for enlightenment, it probably is. Cry of the Snow Lion paints a very grim picture of freedom lost and cultural genocide, harsh occupation devoid of justice. Still, it is about people that remain unbroken.
If you have a soul, if the plight of humanity matters to you, if the truth means more to you than happiness or pleasure, this is a worthy purchase. If all you are looking at for is to be amused, then pass it by. If you did not understand compassion and suffering, before you watch this, you will afterwards.
Did some nameless organization declare that this was genocide, or not genocide? Did 1.2 million die, or was it less? Or more? Do the Chinese have some laughable "legal claim" to Tibet (as pronounced by some other nameless organization)? Does somebody somewhere think that the Chinese government doesn't lie that much?
Are the Chinese brutally repressing the Tibetans and attempting to destroy their culture? Of course. How do I know? I WATCHED THE FILM. You don't even have to listen to the narration. Just watch the film clips of Tibetan monks being bullied and harassed, the temples being destroyed, the monks attesting to the Chinese methods of torture, the rows of armed Chinese soldiers who attend Tibetan religious celebrations.
But again, this misses the point.
The point is that the Tibetan culture is incredibly beautiful, complex, and spiritually advanced, and to have it destroyed is a crime against humanity. Frankly, the future of the human race depends on the culture of the Tibetan people. Where else would you find someone declaring that they don't hate their torturers, and that they have forgiven them? This movie provides a stunning counterpoint to Western culture, which is steeped in notions of deceit, revenge, and materialism. If for no other reason, watch this movie to see an example of a better way to live.
The fact that Tibet had evolved from a warrior nation to one that spent most of their resources on spiritual enlightenment makes this story relevent to all. The Chinese destroyed over 6000 monastaries and ban the study of Tibetan culture. I hope I live to see the Dalai Lama back in Tibet. If not the current one, then hopefully the Chinese will let the new one out of prison. That was one aspect of the Tibet story I did not know--the Chinese have take the six year old chosen by the current Dalai Lama to be the next Dalai Lama into detention and chose another six year old to be the next Dalai Lama--bizarre.
I just read my child the book "Our Journey from Tibet: Based on a True Story" about a Tibetan family of children who escaped to Dharamsala, India in order to have a Tibetan education and this film followed that story exactly. This was a very good story and got me interested in Tibet. My only complaint is that I wish they had included another disc of this documentary with the graphic images of torture removed so that children could watch this. Children are curious about current events and it would be nice if there were more factual stories for them with graphic images removed.
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Highly recommend this if you are wanting to learn about Tibet.Read more