When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun
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When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun
A groundbreaking documentary that examines these questions in a quest to understand why the world is still dealing with unsettled issues like the Tibetan cause and what can really be done to eradicate them. Seven years in the making, When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun is the first inside look at the Tibetan movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation, its internal conflicts and contradictions. The combination of full HD footage from India, China, Tibet and the US along with a prologue narrated by Dennis Haysbert and an original soundtrack by Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice make this… More

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"A lengthy, demanding but worthwhile film ... admirably clear-headed about the deep splits within the Tibetan opposition."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"An extremely powerful documentary about Tibet's struggle for emancipation from China that's passionate in its plea and highly informative, although slightly bloated."
‑ Katherine McLaughlin, ViewLondon
"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."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"You needn't disagree with the film's cause to feel oppressed by its propagandistic approach - not to mention Philip Glass's relentlessly mournful score."
‑ Guy Lodge, This is London
"Good access, good heart, bad craft."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"It's a fascinating study of the limits of protest, but also a disjointed film; each new witness shifts us further away from the central thread into increasingly dry political debate."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
"A valuable though flawed documentary about the international movement to free Tibet from Chinese rule ..."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Much of what people say here is maddeningly phased out in favour of oozingly self-righteous music by Philip Glass, precisely what Tibet does not need: an arty score."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
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