Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion | Chicago Reader

Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion

Narrated by Martin Sheen, this 2002 digital video about the oppression of Tibet by the People's Republic of China advocates international protest to force the creation of a Tibetan state. I appreciated its cogent history lesson, which details China's brutal treatment of Tibetan nationals from the late 1940s through the Cultural Revolution and into the '80s, when it executed 15,000 dissidents. But as in most discussions of Tibet, the nation and its spirituality are presumed to be indissoluble, and rather than pondering the implications of a theocratic state in 21st-century Asia, director Tom Peosay concludes with a rock concert featuring Foo Fighters and R.E.M. 104 min.


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