Review: ‘Dreaming of Tibet’

The lives and activism of Tibetans in exile provide primary focus in "Dreaming of Tibet," giving hourlong piece a slightly different tilt from other docus on the subject. Modest package won't travel as widely as the slicker, full-length "Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion," but sustained Western interest in the region's importance should prompt bookings.

The lives and activism of Tibetans in exile provide primary focus in “Dreaming of Tibet,” giving hourlong piece a slightly different tilt from other docus on the subject. Modest package won’t travel as widely as the slicker, full-length “Tibet: Cry of the Snow Lion,” but sustained Western interest in the region’s importance politically and religiously should prompt bookings in tube and educational slots.

Fleeting appearances by Richard Gere, Goldie Hawn and “In Thin Air” author Jon Krakauer (who comments on the perilously cold, high-altitude mountain trek Tibetan refugees must make) show the issue’s attraction for celebrity spokespersons. But emphasis is on the communities expats have created in variably friendly nations: Some 100,000 live in India, 40,000 in Nepal, smaller numbers in Europe and the U.S. One is an L.A. hospital administrator who sidelines as the Dalai Lama’s press coordinator for his frequent Stateside visits. She’s seen participating in a successful protest against a World Bank proposed loan to China wanted to further its oppression in Tibet. Whether Anglicized middle-class or poor monks, all refugees still dream of one day returning to a freed nation. Tech aspects are OK.

Dreaming of Tibet

Production

A Mill Valley Film Group production. Produced by Will Parrinello. Co-producer, John Antonelli. Directed, edited by Will Parrinello.

Crew

Camera (color, DV), Andrew Black; music supervisor, Amiel Morris. Reviewed at Roxie Cinema, San Francisco, Sept. 25, 2003. (In Mill Valley Film Festival.) Running time: 58 MIN.
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