When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun

2010, Documentary, 1h 55m

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The Dalai Lama brings 500 Tibetan leaders together to discuss policy toward China.

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  • Tibet is doomed: that's the gloomy take-away from this lengthy, sporadically illuminating examination of the ongoing fallout from China's bloody 1950 occupation.

    September 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You needn't disagree with the film's cause to feel oppressed by its propagandistic approach - not to mention Philip Glass's relentlessly mournful score.

    August 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A valuable though flawed documentary about the international movement to free Tibet from Chinese rule ...

    August 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Good access, good heart, bad craft.

    August 15, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Much of what people say here is maddeningly phased out in favour of oozingly self-righteous music by Philip Glass, precisely what Tibet does not need: an arty score.

    August 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A lengthy, demanding but worthwhile film ... admirably clear-headed about the deep splits within the Tibetan opposition.

    August 13, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Tibet is doomed: that's the gloomy take-away from this lengthy, sporadically illuminating examination of the ongoing fallout from China's bloody 1950 occupation.

    September 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • You needn't disagree with the film's cause to feel oppressed by its propagandistic approach - not to mention Philip Glass's relentlessly mournful score.

    August 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • A valuable though flawed documentary about the international movement to free Tibet from Chinese rule ...

    August 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Good access, good heart, bad craft.

    August 15, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's all interesting if never quite absorbing and whilst the Dalai Lama himself is always good value, When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun is probably a film for those already sympathetic to the cause than an exposé to rally new supporters.

    March 2, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An extremely powerful documentary about Tibet's struggle for emancipation from China that's passionate in its plea and highly informative, although slightly bloated.

    August 15, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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