Wednesday, August 27, 2008
TIBET: THE SURVIVAL OF THE SPIRIT
1991, English, directed by Clemens Kuby
Shot in 1988 by filmakers who eluded their official Chinese guide,
this film is a rare, uncensored look at what has become of this Himalayan nation.
It shows a wrenching confrontation between two ideologies: the all-pervasive,
compassionate Buddhism of traditional Tibet and the materialistic, militaristic political dogma imposed by the invading Chinese.
The systematic eradication of Tibetan culture is exposed, and footage "liberated"
from a Chinese cameraman reveals the police storming the Johkang temple and brutalizing monks.
Yet through it all, the tibetans still visit revered sites, preserve the sacred dances, and quietly rebuild their ruined monasteries.