Dalai Lama and the Future of Tibet
52 min • Culture, Politics & World Affairs • 2015
Filmed over five years, and featuring interviews with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the newly elected Prime Minister of Tibet and key Chinese political thinkers, this fascinating film gives looks in-depth at the challenges facing Tibet today. As the 14th Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday many Tibetans, on both sides of the border, are concerned about the future. As religious leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, and political leader of the Tibetan government in exile, he’s spent decades travelling the globe to raise awareness of his cause. A symbol of non-violent engagement, tolerance and empathy he holds a Nobel Peace Prize for his work. But, almost unnoticed by the world’s media he recently resigned from his role as political leader of the Tibetans in exile, handing over to an elected leader. A few miles from the Tibetan border, on the slopes of the Himalayas, a new prime minister is trying to follow in His Holiness’ footsteps. But the challenges he faces are numerous. China does not recognise the government and insists that they have liberated Tibet. The Tibetans in exile are divided on tactics, with some favouring violent rebellion. Without the Dalai Lama, will the situation explode?"