Journey From Zanskar
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Zanskar is the last remaining original Tibetan Buddhist society with a continuous untainted lineage dating back thousands of years. In nearby Tibet and Ladakh, in Sikkim, Bhutan, and Nepal, traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture is either dead already or dying. The horror of Chinese government design in Tibet is being matched by the destruction of global economics elsewhere. Zanskar, ringed by high Himalayan mountains in northwest India, one of the most remote places on the planet, has been safe until now. But that's changing. In 3-5 years a road connecting Padum, the heart of Zanskar, with… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The trek proved a logistical nightmare but a documentarian's delight, full of suspense, vivid dangers, strong personalities and energetic tots."
‑ Ronnie Scheib, Variety
"Through this small story, Journey from Zanskar illuminates the challenge of preserving what's left of Tibetan culture."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"An extraordinary documentary about an educational project instituted by two Tibetan Buddhist monks who want to enrich the lives of 17 impoverished children from their region."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Mr. Marx shines a light on a place and a way of life that are rapidly changing."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Journey from Zanskar maintains a level-headed matter-of-fact tone that humanizes the Zanskaris without stooping to crass exploitation."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"This is a film that really does put our lives into perspective."
‑ Martin Dunphy, Georgia Straight
"Although the film might be forced to rely rather heavily on Richard Gere's narration simply to situate the Western viewer, the actor does unify a bumptious collection of material that, taken together, relates what has to be admitted is a remarkable story."
‑ Andrew Schenker, Village Voice
"As moving and as visually spectacular as this documentary can be, it fails to find a dramatic high point, and in the end leaves its exotic subjects-and therefore the viewers-in something of a limbo."
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"Evokes uncomfortable questions about documentaries in general."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
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