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Review: The Sun Behind The Clouds

The murkiness of the Middle Way
By SHAULA CLARK  |  April 28, 2010
3.0 3.0 Stars

It’s no secret that the Chinese government is only too happy to stifle cries of “Free Tibet.” But it might surprise you to learn that the Dalai Lama feels the same way — well, sort of.

His Holiness has decided to seek the “Middle Way,” which stresses peaceful coexistence with the Chinese — a position at which many independence-seeking Tibetans bridle. And this quietly intense documentary from husband-and-wife filmmakers Tenzing Sonam and Ritu Sarin shines a light on the inter-Tibetan turbulence.

The couple use the 2008 Tibetan uprising (Tibet’s most violent rebellion in 50 years, flaring up in the days before China’s “coming-out party” for the 2008 Beijing Olympics) as a jumping-off point from which to explore the thorny issues, toggling between the serene Dalai Lama and the activists openly defying him in their four-month-long protest march from India to Tibet. By the end, Sarin and Sonam have left a heavy question hanging in the air: does the future hold any chance for a liberated Tibet?

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