When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2012)

When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun (2012)

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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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Documentary , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

A lengthy, demanding but worthwhile film ... admirably clear-headed about the deep splits within the Tibetan opposition.

Full Review… | August 12, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 16, 2013
London Evening Standard

A valuable though flawed documentary about the international movement to free Tibet from Chinese rule ...

Full Review… | August 15, 2013

An extremely powerful documentary about Tibet's struggle for emancipation from China that's passionate in its plea and highly informative, although slightly bloated.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013

Good access, good heart, bad craft.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Little White Lies

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.

Full Review… | August 15, 2013
Financial Times

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