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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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Critic Reviews for When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun

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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…
Time Out
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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.

August 16, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
London Evening Standard

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

August 15, 2013 | 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…

Good access, good heart, bad craft.

August 15, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
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.

August 15, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
Financial Times

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