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In order for audiences to better appreciate the underpinnings of Buddhism and the risks involved with modern-day practice in Tibet, the man who made Vajra would've needed to get his documentarian's hands a little dirty.
Eventually you can't help wishing for some human contact. While the lulling narration by Bush and two exiled Tibetans is informative, it doesn't quite fill the gap.
The material is so compelling that we keep watching.
Vajra Sky Over Tibet demonstrates one alternative for moviemaking inside Tibet: the rhetorically inflated vacation video.
The film simply takes too long to deliver its message.
A well-photographed inside look at a fascinating culture and its people.
Beautifully photographed in dazzling colors and with hypnotic chanting music... .
Not only the year's best documentary, but it is also among the finest films ever made about religion.
However honorable the intent, Bush's epic journey carries all the raw, visceral excitement of watching someone else's holiday slides.
Provoking more ideas than it presents, Vajra Sky Over Tibet is a sketchy introduction to a fascinating subject.
The images of gods and ordinary Tibetans that Bush captures are more eloquent that his turgid narration, and overall the film works better as a travelogue than an introduction to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs or history.
It's a loving effort, and an important addition to the body of films about this extraordinary, sacred region of the world.
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