Vajra Sky Over Tibet
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Travel to the sacred temples, remote monasteries, and lively festivals of the Himalayan landscape with filmmaker John Bush in a cinematic pilgrimage into the heart of Tibetan Buddhist culture. All is not well in this central Asian region, however, and as Bush offers a compelling glimpse into a culture that has endured for centuries, his exploration of the Chinese efforts to destroy this ancient wisdom from within provides a poignant snapshot of a contemporary tragedy in the making. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In order for audiences to better appreciate the underpinnings of Buddhism and the risks involved with modern-day practice in Tibet, the man who made Vajra would've needed to get his documentarian's hands a little dirty."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"Vajra Sky Over Tibet demonstrates one alternative for moviemaking inside Tibet: the rhetorically inflated vacation video."
‑ Nathan Lee, New York Times
"Beautifully photographed in dazzling colors and with hypnotic chanting music... ."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Provoking more ideas than it presents, Vajra Sky Over Tibet is a sketchy introduction to a fascinating subject."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Traditions of 'wisdom' and 'compassion' are talked about in 'Vajra Sky Over Tibet,' but a non-storyline film must be at a loss to image such concepts."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Eventually you can't help wishing for some human contact. While the lulling narration by Bush and two exiled Tibetans is informative, it doesn't quite fill the gap."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The film simply takes too long to deliver its message."
‑ Michael Booth, Denver Post
"Not only the year's best documentary, but it is also among the finest films ever made about religion."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"The images of gods and ordinary Tibetans that Bush captures are more eloquent that his turgid narration, and overall the film works better as a travelogue than an introduction to Tibetan Buddhist beliefs or history."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... feel more like the kind of underground political exposes that have previously captured life under the Taliban or the North Korean regime of Kim Jong-il."
‑ Wade Major, Boxoffice Magazine
"The material is so compelling that we keep watching."
‑ Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
"A well-photographed inside look at a fascinating culture and its people."
‑ Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"However honorable the intent, Bush's epic journey carries all the raw, visceral excitement of watching someone else's holiday slides."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"It's a loving effort, and an important addition to the body of films about this extraordinary, sacred region of the world."
‑ Theodore Bale, EDGE Boston
"[A] reverential act of bearing witness to a culture and religion being systematically erased..."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
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