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The Sun Behind the Clouds2010

  • 4.4
A provocative and potent look at the Dalai Lama’s ceaseless struggle for justice and recognition for the Tibetan people, THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS focuses on the pivotal and particularly tumultuous events of 2008. From the four-month march of exiled Tibetans to the Indo-Tibet border and Buddhist monks’ protests in Lhasa, to the Beijing Olympics and the contentious talks between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama’s emissaries, the film uncovers the growing rifts between younger Tibetans and their most respected spiritual leader. While His Holiness advocates for political autonomy within China rather than secession from it, a younger generation within Tibet has grown impatient and begun to chart a more confrontational course. Following the Dalai Lama’s political life with unprecedented personal access, Tibetan filmmaker Tenzing Sonam and co-director Ritu Sarin bring an impassioned focus to the myriad complexities in finding a peaceful solution based on compromise and dialogue.

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Official selection of the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Member Reviews (3)

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top reviewer

One more instance of a people deeply embedded in ancient culture suppressed by geopolitics,

and derided for their non-progressive views. America did it to the native Americans, Australia

to the Aborigines, and so on... The world appears to be somewhat more sensitive to this issue.

But ultimately the powerful always justify their viewpoint, and actions. It is only in vibrant

Democracies that brute power can be diluted, and turned back.

A well presented film, that clearly addresses the issues. Not just the China/Tibet problem,

but equally important the conflict within the Tibetan diaspora.

top reviewer

The sun is behind the clouds, and the clouds are behind the fog and mist: The irony and tragedy that the tenets of Buddhism and the epitome of peace and compassion in the Dalai Lama should be oppressed along with a displaced nation of Tibetans. The film shows a comprehensive picture of the complex dynamics of the Tibet crisis between Tibetans for the incapacity for His Holiness to act as the political leader that they need. The footage of Desmond Tutu's speech on the Tibet Crisis encompasses it all. A follow up documentary is needed.

top reviewer

Brilliant, fair minded and balanced coverage of a complex political stalemate. Superb, highly recommended viewing.