Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

Critics 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.



Total Count: 50


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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

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (43) | Rotten (7)

  • 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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