When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun

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A groundbreaking documentary that examines these questions in a quest to understand why the world is still dealing with unsettled issues like the Tibetan cause and what can really be done to eradicate them. Seven years in the making, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun is the first inside look at the Tibetan movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, its internal conflicts and contradictions. The combination of full HD footage from India, China, Tibet and the US along with a prologue narrated by Dennis Haysbert and an original soundtrack by Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice make this the first film that presents the complexity of the struggle with such emotional impact. The film features Richard Gere, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the 14th Dalai Lama, the newly crowned 18th descendant of the Great Religious Kings of Tibet, some of the most prominent Chinese contemporary artists, and all the key figures of the exiled Tibetan freedom movement and their followers.

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  • 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.

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

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

    Aug 15, 2013 | Rating: 1/5
  • A lengthy, demanding but worthwhile film ... admirably clear-headed about the deep splits within the Tibetan opposition.

    Aug 13, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | 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.

    Mar 1, 2019 | 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.

    Sep 5, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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