Tibet - Cry of the Snow Lion
Our March meeting was treated to a showing of this award-winning film about Tibet's history of oppression and resistance.
The magnificent permanent backdrop of the Tibetan plateau provides a dramatic visual contrast with the experiences and every day lives of the Tibetan people as they adjust to the changes imposed upon their communities, and are faced with the destruction of their culture and desecration of their religion. The juxtaposition of images of feudal rural and modern urban lives and the hardships which have been - and continue to be - endured make for difficult viewing. Monasteries and ways of life have been destroyed; many people have been slaughtered and others tortured; opposing views of 'progress' are hard to rationalise.
We are indebted to group member, John Lilly, who provided the film for us, along with helpful explanations of Tibetan history and culture, and the context of the scenes portrayed. John brought the subject of Tibet's continuing struggles to life by sharing some of his personal experiences, and some memorabilia, from his long-standing association with both Tibet and China.
If you would like to borrow a copy of this film (no charge), please contact the Chipping Norton Group.
IMDb describe the film's storyline: "Filmed during nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal, this film brings audiences to the long-forbidden "rooftop of the world"... from rarely-seen rituals in remote monasteries, to horse races with Khamba warriors; from brothels and slums in the holy city of Lhasa, to magnificent Himalayan peaks still traveled by nomadic yak caravans. The dark secrets of Tibet's recent past are chronicled through personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images. TIBET: CRY OF THE SNOW LION is an epic story of courage and compassion."