When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun Review

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Tibet's deeply uneasy relationship with China is given fresh perspective by a documentary that looks at the Free Tibet movement and asks what it is to live under an occupying force.


Unlike many examinations of the situation in Tibet, this provocative analysis allows all sides to be heard, while combining trenchant challenges to the Dalai Lama’s cherished policy of peaceful co-existence with striking music and visuals.

The staggering landscapes of this mountainous land are captured beautifully as director Dirk Simon picks apart contradictions within Tibetan society. Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice provide terrific musical accompaniment.