Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Dalai Lama: Heart of Tibet [VHS] (1991)
This biographical profile of the Dalai Lama captures him at a particularly interesting time in his life, during a visit to Los Angeles in 1989 to conduct a Buddhist initiation for thousands of Westerners. Later that year, the Dalai Lama, who as the exiled political leader of the Tibetan people steadfastly advocates a policy of nonviolence, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In interviews in Los Angeles, the Dalai Lama is his usual self, deeply serious while making a complicated point, and then gleefully erupting in giggles the next moment. A particularly interesting aspect of this documentary is that it focuses not only on the Dalai Lama, but on the effect he has on people who come into contact with him. A journalist for the Los Angeles Times speaks frankly about how it felt to meet him and be in his presence, and his American bodyguard, Paul "Tiny" Stacy, tells a moving story about how working for the Dalai Lama has lifted him from the depths of despair. Vintage film shot in Tibet bolsters a good biographical segment on the Dalai Lama, and the plight of Tibet under Chinese occupation is discussed and illustrated with footage smuggled out of Lhasa. This is an intelligently constructed look at one of the world's most remarkable citizens. --Robert J. McNamara
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
I was told that the part 7 and 8 links are broken. I look for them with no success.
There's this other link that may be working.