10 Questions For The Dalai Lama

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Published on 8th February 2016 by

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama is a 2006 documentary by Rick Ray. He meets the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, at his monastery in India. He asks Gyatso ten questions in interview form. The questions and answers are inter cut with a biographical segments of the man himself and a look at the modern history of Tibet. The resulting film is a work of art at it gives the viewer a wonderful insight into modern day Buddhism and Tibet.

The film also features an interview with a Buddhist monk who fled the violence in Tibet to live in India, and an interview with Tenzin Tethong a member of the Tibetan government who has been in exile for over 20 years. It also touches upon the subject of censorship in China, particularly of the internet. The ten questions asked are simply perfect, mixing questions on political and social issues with others which just invite philosophical answers.

The film cost a lot more to produce than had previously been envisaged by the makers due to the high cost of sourcing and then licensing archived footage of Tenzin Gyatso, that footage cost more than all other costs of production added together, but that footage really adds quality to the film and it went on to win awards at small film festivals all over the world.

NB: This documentary is currently trailer only due to the source video being removed, if it is ever available to watch for free online again we will replace the embed. In the meantime it is available to purchase on DVD from Amazon.

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