Dalai Lama Renaissance (2007)

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As the curtain rapidly fell on the 20th Century, his holiness Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, grew so deeply troubled by the state of the modern world that he invited 40 pivotal Western thinkers to his secluded home in Northern India's Himalayan Mountains, for a lengthy and pointed brainstorming session on the problems of contemporary society and how to solve them most effectively. Foreseeing the importance of this event, documentarist Khashyar Darvich joined the group with an 18-member, 5-camera crew in tow (sponsored by the Wakan Foundation for the Arts) and sought to capture the event on film. This yielded some 140 hours of video footage, edited down to feature length for Darvich's documentary Dalai Lama Renaissance. The film preserves, in 80 minutes, the most insightful, illuminative and engaging dialogues from Gyatso's conference. Oscar-nominated actor Harrison Ford (Frantic) narrates.

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Critic Reviews for Dalai Lama Renaissance

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The celebratory tenor heralded by the title of Khashyar Darvich's "Dalai Lama Renaissance" belies what's onscreen.

May 23, 2008
Variety
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Darvich does an adequate job of pointing the camera and letting people speak, but he provides no context

Apr 3, 2009 | Rating: 2/4

"Renaissance" seems more like video footage than a documentary, capturing a little hot air but not shedding much light.

Sep 12, 2008 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's a simple truth that many know before the film starts, but the Dalai Lama serves as human exemplar for the lesson

Jul 25, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Aesthetically, Dalai Lama Renaissance is well intended, but--like the conference it depicts--in need of more thorough (self) realization.

May 23, 2008 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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