"Vajra Sky Over Tibet" is an illuminating meditation on that deepest of Buddhist philosophical concerns -- impermanence. Study of a threatened culture and people is beautifully shot inside Tibet's most sacred sites and arrives with the blessing of the Dalai Lama. Docu starts a limited U.S. release May 5 in New York.

“Vajra Sky Over Tibet” is an illuminating meditation on that deepest of Buddhist philosophical concerns — impermanence. Study of a threatened culture and people is beautifully shot inside Tibet’s most sacred sites and arrives with the blessing of the Dalai Lama. World preemed at the Bangkok fest, docu starts a limited U.S. release May 5 in New York. Item is a natural for fests, specialized distribs and quality broadcasters.

Film is the final seg (following “Dharma River” and “Prajna Earth”) of documaker John Bush’s “Yatra Trilogy.” Everything from Buddhism as “a roadmap for the evolution of human consciousness” to a detailed history of Tibet’s struggle against Chinese domination is unfurled here. The peaceful principles of the faith infuse every frame, even as the highly inflammatory topic of China’s role in selecting the Dalai Lama’s successor is tackled. While scripting and the lilting voice of Buddhist-in-exile Tenzin L. Choegyal are fine, wall-to-wall narration does become wearying. Bush decided not to include any interviews for fear of reprisals against the participants. Tech package is classy.

Vajra Sky Over Tibet

Production

A Direct Pictures production. (International sales: Direct, New York.) Produced, directed, written by John Bush.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Bush; editor, Donal O'Ceilleachair; music, David Hykes. Reviewed at Bangkok Film Festival (Intl. Documentary), Feb. 20, 2006. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Narrator: Tenzin L. Choegyal.
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