Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion (2003)


Critic Consensus: Makes no effort to do more than present one side of its story, but does it so passionately and persuasively that the viewer almost cannot help but be moved.


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Shortly after graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara, filmmaker Tom Peosay and his wife Sue (an Asian Studies major) set out on a tour of Asia that culminated in an extended stay in the Chinese-occupied nation of Tibet. With that formative visit, the Peosays became actively interested in the small Himalayan nation's tempestuous history and, over the course of the next decade, made a number of return visits to document Tibet's story, as well as interview a number of its residents and higher-profile participants of the "Free Tibet" movement. Their completed documentary, entitled Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion, encompasses a brief history of China's invasion and subsequent five decades of rule, as well as the various uprisings that have occurred over the years -- with particular emphasis on the 1987 riots. A number of high profile Hollywood actors lent their voices to this project, including Martin Sheen (who narrated the film), Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, and Ed Harris.


Critic Reviews for Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

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It is pretty convincing in its argument that China has every intention of destroying the culture of Tibetans.

Sep 17, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Harrowing and illuminating.

Apr 15, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Despite its undeniably moving, and enlightening, moments, the film eventually tips into pedagogy.

Apr 15, 2004 | Full Review…

Makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of a people that the world must never be allowed to forget, no matter how much their oppressors would prefer us to do just that.

Apr 9, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A passionate work of advocacy documentary.

Apr 8, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

A sobering examination of a land in turmoil and a people that have faced what former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Jeanne Kirkpatrick cites as 20 years of ethnic cleansing.

Mar 4, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4

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