Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet (2005)
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Critic Reviews for Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet
Schaedler's film raises as many questions as he answers.
This scholarly 2005 tribute to activist Gendun Choephel (1903-'51) stands out among movies about the Sino-Tibetan conflict because Swiss filmmaker Luc Shaedler, like his subject, aims to demythologize Tibet.
This incisive film -- which opens with rare footage of angry monks throwing stones at Chinese troops -- nicely resists and complicates simpler views of the storied land.
Input from historians and surviving intimates, archival material and handsome latter-day footage retracing Choepel's journeys mix smoothly in polished package.
A view of Tibet that differs from Richard Gere's deification of the Dalai Lama and "Lost Horizon". Highly recommended portrait of Buddhist monk who evolved into a revolutionary.
Schaedler allows us almost no real understanding of Choepel.
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