Suggested Viewing
Tibet

Note:  Some of these videos are from Amazon.com.  Most VCR's are now multi format but if your video is very old you may not be able to play American videos.


(click on the links to buy the films from Amazon)
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Kundun Directed by Martin Scorsese, Touchstone Pictures, 1997.  The film itself chronicles the life of The Dalai Lama from his discovery at the age of 2 to post WWII, where Mao-led China declares that Tibet is a Chinese province and forcably annexes Tibet, leading to the Dalai Lama's exile in India.  
Watch the trailer here. 
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Windhorse Directed by Paul Wagner, 1998. Based on a true story about a singer who must flee Tibet: at great risk, the director took video of actors on location in Lhasa. This 'docudrama' was filmed in Tibetan and Chinese languages and stars Dadon, a famous Tibetan singer who escaped into exile in 1992 and now lives in the US.
Watch the trailer here. 


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The Cup Directed by Khyentse Norbu, 1998.  The first major movie directed by a Tibetan, a rinpoche resident in Bhutan.  It's about football crazy monks at a monastery in northern India.  Filmed in Tibetan and Hindi languages.
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Himalaya
Directed by Eric Valli, 1999.  A stunning French-Nepalese co-production with an all Tibetan cast, this was filmed in Dolpo, Nepal, in the Tibetan language.  Stars Lhakp Tsamchoe.  The movie offers great insight into the nomadic way of life.
Watch the trailer here.
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Seven Years in Tibet
Directed by Jean-Jaques Annaud, Columbia Tristar, 1997. Some say that this is not Pitt at his best but with a wonderful performance by the Bhutanese boy who plays the young Dalai Lama and it also introduces Tibetan actress Lhakpa Tsamchoe (who has a lead in Himalaya.)  
Watch the trailer here. 

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The Saltmen of Tibet
 Directed by Ulrike Koch, Switzerland, 1998.  About the salt route caravans from Tibet to Nepal, a trade now mostly extinct.  Filmed in Tibetan and in the secret salt language (with cryptic salt-language subtitles).
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Mount Kailash: Return to Tibet


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Tibet's Stolen Child
Produced by Garthwait and Griffin films.  Narrated by Patrick Stewart.  A young filmaker searches for the truth about the 11th Panchen Lama and explores the political motives for the abduction.  Features interviews with 6 Nobel Laureates as well as Chinese historians.


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Spirit of Tibet Narrated by Richard Gere.  The life and world of the acclaimed Tibetan teacher Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. One of the primary teachers of The Dalai Lama.  


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Lojong - Transforming the Mind
Co-production of the Office of Tibet (London), Meridian Trust, Jukes Productions and Mystic Fire Video. The Eight Verses on Transforming the Mind written by the eleventh century meditator, Geshe Langri Tangpa Dorjey Sengey are one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as Lojong, literally "training," or "transforming the mind." The central themes of Lojong are enhancing compassion, cultivating balanced attitudes towards oneself and others, developing positive ways of thinking, and transforming adverse situations into conditions favorable for spiritual development. The Dalai Lama gave these teachings in London, May 8-10, 1999.
Approximately 5.4 hours on 4 videocasettes.