10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2007)
The deeply philosophical and spiritual documentary 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama finds the questing filmmaker and intellectual Rick Ray visiting with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama -- widely regarded as one of the wisest men in the world -- and asking His Holiness such questions as: "Why are the poor traditionally so much happier than the wealthy?"; "Is it necessary for a society to abandon its centuries-old traditions to move into the future?"; and "How does one committed to nonviolence respond when faced with inevitable violence?" In approaching these issues with the Lama, Ray brings to light innumerable observations gleaned from his pilgrimages throughout such countries as Israel, Egypt, Syria, and Lebanon. The program also incorporates historical footage of various cultures, including extensive footage shot covertly in Tibet under the threat of external dangers. … More
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Critic Reviews for 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
Part history lesson and part profile, the film presents a concise, cogent account of recent Tibetan history as well as an engrossing onscreen conversation with one of the world's great spiritual leaders.
10 Questions works extremely well as an introduction to the Dalai Lama and offers a tantalizing peek at the dynamic and even mischievous personality of this influential man.
"10 Questions for the Dalai Lama" is a tedious title for an anything-but-tedious film that expertly merges the mystical and the mundane.
The 11th question would be: Does a TV-grade travelogue followed by a halfway-decent Q&A warrant a theatrical release?
There have been several documentaries about the Dalai Lama, but few have done a better job of packaging the Tibetan religious leader's circumstances, both historical and current, along with his philosophies, than 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama.
The film never rises above the spiritual or intellectual level of a TV news anchor. It is a dispiriting film to watch, if you have any real interest in the subject.
[Ray's] particular interest in Asia serves him well as he explores the Dalai Lama's world.
With luscious cinematography and awe-inspiring humanity, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama is one of the most electrifying documentaries to be released this year.
[Director] Ray interjects observations about his own travels like a backup musician who thinks he's the frontman. A little less cowbell, please.
Audience Reviews for 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
It was nice to learn more about the Dalai Lama. Seeing this helped me understand the political situation with Tibet and why so many respect him regardless of religion.More
A much more expansive documentary than the title would suggest, this film doesn't quite establish a focus, shifting between a fairly boring and meaningless travel documentary and two interesting, but distinct documentaries about Chinese-Tibetan relations and about the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. Despite its amateurish cinematography, creating the feel of a PBS nature documentary the entire time, the film is still fairly interesting and worth a watch if you have any interest at all in the important global issue of Tibet.More
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