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The Sun behind the Clouds

Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

  • India, UK
  • 2009
  • 79min
  • DigiBeta
  • color/black and white

Synopsis

Fifty years have passed since the takeover of Tibet by China. The Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual and temporal leader, has lived in exile for most of his life, trying to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet issue by giving up the goal of independence and reaching a compromise with China. But his efforts have failed to yield any positive outcome, and his people are becoming more frustrated. March 2008, the year of Beijing Olympics. Tibet erupts as the biggest uprising since China took control in 1959, spreads across the country. The Tibetan people, for one brief moment, demonstrate to the world their unhappiness under Chinese rule and their desire for freedom. But China cracks down hard on the protests. This is a year of dramatic possibilities for Tibet. Will the world stand firm in its support of Tibet even as China prepares for its biggest coming-out party? Can the Dalai Lama finally achieve a breakthrough in his efforts to find a solution to his country and to his own people? Can his strategy of non-violence and compromise based on his Buddhist beliefs finally find success? Set against this backdrop, the film explores the interplay between the personal and the historic, spirituality and politics, and the tension between the Dalai Lama's efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Tibet situation based on compromise and dialogue, and the impatience of a younger generation of Tibetans who are ready to take a more confrontational course.

Review

Director

  • Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam

    Ritu and Tenzing’s first film together was The New Puritans: The Sikhs of Yuba City. It won a number of awards in America and was broadcast on national PBS and the Learning Channel. They helped the Meridian Trust, a Buddhist film and video archive in London, develop its archives. As part of their efforts, they documented on video a number of historic trips made by the Dalai Lama. In 1990, they made The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche. The film was screened at numerous international film festivals and was broadcast throughout the world. It also had a successful theatrical release in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the USA. Another film Dreaming Lhasa had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005. It has since screened at more than 30 international film festivals and has had a theatrical release in the USA, Switzerland and Holland. The Sun behind the Clouds (2009) The Thread of Karma (2007) Dreaming Lhasa (2005) The Shadow Circus: The CIA in Tibet (1998) The Trials of Telo Rinpoche (1994) Tibet (1992) The Reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche (1991) The New Puritans: The Sikhs of Yuba City (1986)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerRitu Sarin
  • Cinematography Graham Dayijaimie Gramston
  • Editor Anupama Chandra, Mahadebs Hi
  • Music Gustavo Santaolalla
  • Sound Suresh Rajamani

Production Company & Distributor

Production Company & Distributor  White Crane Films

Address  E-302 SOM Vihar, New Delhi 110022, India

Tel  91 9818265611

Fax  91 11 26188660

Email  ritu10zing@gmail.com​