Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Movie / Angry Monk: Reflections on Tibet

Gunden Choephel was a Tibetan monk who was born in 1903 and died in 1952, shortly after the Communist invasion, at the age of 49. He spent much of his life trying to change the old Tibetan regime, but failed. This movie is the story of his life.

According to the Swiss filmmakers, Choephel is presently emerging as a sort of Tibetan national hero, one who really "got it" early on about the need to modernize and tried to do something about it. The film is careful not to directly criticize the current Dalai Lama, nor does it discuss the slavery under the old monastic system, but the contrasts are there to be seen.

To be continued...

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