Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet | Chicago Reader

Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet

This scholarly 2005 tribute to activist Gendun Choephel (1903-'51) stands out among movies about the Sino-Tibetan conflict because Swiss filmmaker Luc Shaedler, like his subject, aims to demythologize Tibet. In 1934 the prodigiously gifted Choephel abandoned his life as a Buddhist monk, disenchanted with the fundamentalist theocracy he viewed as locking Tibet in its feudal past and making it more vulnerable to China. Politicized by his travel throughout India, which was fast emerging from colonial rule, he began writing for an expatriate Tibetan newspaper that promoted a unified national identity for the homeland. Upon returning home Choephel was discredited, and he died a broken man, but his recently rediscovered works inspire a new generation of struggling Tibetans. In English and subtitled Tibetan. 97 min.

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