Cry of the Snow Lion
December 29, 2006 1:35 PM   Subscribe

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion. The complete documentary (1 hr 43 min) on Google Video.
posted by homunculus (8 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I got this from NetFlix recently; it's not very good. Thick on polemics and drama, light on historical background and possible solutions. I was quite disappointed; rather than a concrete discussion of the Tibet problem, it was more of that "packaged for western audiences" crap that seems synonymous with all things spiritual being imported from the East these days.

Honestly, it felt like the video equivalent of a "Free Tibet" bumper sticker. It turned the Tibet issue into a product, rather than breathing life into it.

That being said: Thanks for the link, I'm sure a lot of people have been wanting to see this.
posted by Floach at 2:39 PM on December 29, 2006

I've been wanting to see it for awhile, but didn't think to check Google (duh) until some of the links in ibmcginty's post reminded me. I haven't made up my mind about yet, but I was expecting something more.
posted by homunculus at 4:29 PM on December 29, 2006

I haven't watched the whole thing yet, mostly because when I was starting it in a cafe a while ago, the first six minutes nearly made me tear up. That said, I can see how it could skew into polemics... which is too bad, as Tibet is a fascinatingly complex place.
posted by wandering steve at 5:53 PM on December 29, 2006

I haven't made up my mind about the movie yet,.

Darn it.

Anyway, I've had more time to digest most of it (I wasn't able to get the whole thing) and so far I think it's pretty remarkable.
posted by homunculus at 8:36 PM on December 29, 2006

Hammering mercury scatters it far and wide, but doesn't hurt it an iota. That which made Tibet magical cannot be killed.

"People who fight with other human beings out of anger, hatred, and strong emotion, even if they gain victory over their enemies in battle, are not in reality true heroes. What they are doing is slaying corpses, because human beings, being transient, will die.
"The true hero is the one who gains victory over hatred and anger."
-- Dalai Lama
posted by Twang at 7:40 AM on December 30, 2006

I just watched it and think it's a great film. I knew very little about Tibet before this but now have a much better understanding. This is a very similar story to what happened with American Indians and the colonization of the New World, and South Africa and Australia and elsewhere - a 20th C colonization story. At least the Chinese have not committed wholesale naked genocide and relocated the Tibetians to reservations, but aspects of it are disturbing - the torture, the destruction of thousands of temples and cultural artifacts, the disappearance of the real baby Dali Lama and Chinese appointed anti-Dali Lama (kind of an anti-Pope).
posted by stbalbach at 10:28 AM on December 30, 2006

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