Cry of the Snow Lion

DVD - 2004
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A snow lion is a mythic beast of Tibetan legend. As a protector of the nation, the snow lion is emblazoned on the Tibetan flag. Today the Tibetan flag is outlawed in its own homeland. Ten years in the making, filmed during a remarkable nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. The dark secrets of Tibet's recent past are powerfully chronicled through riveting personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film.
Publisher: New York : New Yorker Video, c2004
ISBN: 9781567303704
Branch Call Number: DVD 951.505 TIB
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 103 min.) : sd., col. with b&w sequences ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 24, 2016

This is a 2002 documentary about the dark secrets of Tibet's recent past.
Emerging with control over most of mainland China after the Chinese Civil War, the People's Republic of China incorporated Tibet in 1950 and negotiated the Seventeen Point Agreement with the newly enthroned 14th Dalai Lama's government, affirming the People's Republic of China's sovereignty but granting the area autonomy.
Subsequently, on his journey into exile, the 14th Dalai Lama completely repudiated the agreement, which he has repeated on many occasions.
After the Dalai Lama's government fled to Dharamsala, India, during the 1959 Tibetan Rebellion, it established a rival government-in-exile.
Afterwards, the Central People's Government in Beijing renounced the agreement and began implementation of the halted social and political reforms.
During the Great Leap Forward, between 200,000 and 1,000,000 Tibetans died, and approximately 6,000 monasteries were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution.
In 1962 China and India fought a brief war over the disputed South Tibet and Aksai Chin regions.
Although China won the war, Chinese troops withdrew north of the McMahon Line, effectively ceding South Tibet to India.
In 1980, General Secretary and reformist Hu Yaobang visited Tibet and ushered in a period of social, political, and economic liberalization.
At the end of the decade, however, analogously to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, monks in the Drepung and Sera monasteries started protesting for independence, and so the government halted reforms and started an anti-separatist campaign.
This is a powerfully chronicled documentary about the violation of the Tibetan people's human rights by the Chinese government.

Sep 17, 2012

A bit hard to watch as this is not one of mankind's triumphant scenes. However, it was good to learn some of the details and yes see the pictures from over the years at one sitting. It put in perspective what has happened and continues to happen.

The actual quality of the film was good, with experts interspersed throughout to give perspectives. Tibetans who had been incarcerated some for up to 28 years, the types and duration of tortue was hard to hear but I think as a global citizen important. There were scholarly professionals from England and the USA who also contributed their insights of Tibet, Tibet and China, Tibet and the USA and Tibet and the World. Very helpful.

We will be recommending this DVD.

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