10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
name = 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama
caption = movie poster
distributor = [http://www.imdb.com/company/co0144863/ Monterey Media]
runtime = 85 min.
language = English
website = http://www.thedalailamamovie.com
year = 2006
10 Questions For The Dalai Lama is a
2006 documentary filmin which filmmaker Rick Raymeets with Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lamaat his monastery in Dharamsala, India. The film maker asks him ten questions during the course of the interview which is inter-cut with a biography of Tenzin Gyatso, a history of modern Tibetand a chronicle of Ray's journey securing the interview.
The film begins as a chronicle of
Rick Ray's journey through Indiato interview Tenzin Gyatso. The film switches between present and recent past, with stages of the trip introducing sections on the personal history of Tenzin Gyatso, the process used to select a Dalai Lama, the conflict between Tibetand the People's Republic of Chinaand Gyatso's journey into exile.
The interview with Tenzin Gyatso begins midway through the film. This section is inter-cut between sections addressing philosophical questions and current affairs.
The film also features the daily life of Tenzin Gyatso, his international peace efforts and his work with Tibetan
The film features an interviews with a
Buddhist monkwho fled violence in Tibetand Tenzin Tethong, who has served in the Tibetan Government in Exilefor 20 years.
Towards the end, the film touches on the controversial issues of
internet censorshipin China, the cultural impact of the current relations between Tibet and China and the disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama.
Ray asks a range of questions, touching on philosophical, social and political issues.
Some of the questions asked:
"Why do the poor seem happier than the rich?"
"How can one reconcile an attitude of
non-violencewhen faced with a direct threat to one's safety and security?"
"Should countries be dedicated to preserving their traditions or embrace modern culture?"
"Will there be another
The questions are not numbered in the film and Ray admits to asking more than ten questions during the interview.
Three years were spent tracking down rare, archival footage of the young
Tenzin Gyatsoand the Chinese action in Tibetthat lead to his exile. In the end, the licensing of some of the footage for the film cost more than all the other expenses combined.
* [http://movies.nytimes.com/2007/08/30/movies/31ten.html New York Times]
* [http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/04/27/DDGURPFDSM1.DTL San Francisco Chronicle]
* [http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn?node=cityguide/profile&id=1135283&categories=Movies&nm=1 The Washington Post]
* [http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071025.wlama26/BNStory/Entertainment/home Toronto Globe and Mail]
* [http://www.boston.com/movies/display?display=movie&id=10604 The Boston Globe]
* [http://www.10questionsforthedalailama.com/ 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama]
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