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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (2007)

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama



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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
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Faith & Spirituality, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Rick Ray
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 23, 2007
Monterey Media - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9)

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.

October 26, 2007
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | October 26, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

"10 Questions for the Dalai Lama" is a tedious title for an anything-but-tedious film that expertly merges the mystical and the mundane.

Full Review… | August 31, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The 11th question would be: Does a TV-grade travelogue followed by a halfway-decent Q&A warrant a theatrical release?

Full Review… | August 28, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 19, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

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.

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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.

Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer


[url="http://thp-moviereviews.blogspot.com/2008/01/10-questions-for-dalai-lama.html"]10 Questions for the Dalai Lama was a very interesting movie about the current Dalai Lama's life, the politics involving Tibet and china, and some philosophy discussed with the interviewer Rick Ray. I will warn you that this is a documentary which I am usually not a huge fan of, but sometimes I am in the mood for one and this one was decent. If you do not know anything about Buddhisms or the Dalai Lama I would recommend this movie, its really interesting.[/url]

Thomas Lob

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