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The Unwinking Gaze: The Inside Story Of The Dalai Lama's Struggle For Tibet (2008)
The Unwinking Gaze’ offers a unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the recent working life of Tibet’s would-be saviour and revered world icon the Dalai Lama.
The Unwinking Gaze was filmed over a period of three years with exceptional access showing the daily agonies of the Tibetan leader as he tries to strike a balance between his Buddhist vows and the realpolitik needed to placate China. David and Goliath is played out in front of us as the world’s emerging superpower and the Dalai Lama walk a tightrope over an issue of global importance.
‘The Unwinking Gaze’ is not 3 years in the life of the Dalai. It is his life’s work in 3 years. This film takes you inside the Titanic struggle of one of the great spiritual and political figures of our time, as he tries to lead his people to a peaceful resolution with China.
Around 30 years ago the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader, publicly renounced his country's claim for independence from China, and to this day he still insists that separating the two countries is not his aim. The Chinese government remains convinced that the Dalai Lama is a separatist and - in public at least - refuses to speak with him. However, as The Unwinking Gaze shows, the wheels of diplomacy are ticking away behind the scenes.
Director Joshua Dugdale has pulled off quite a coup with this documentary, securing almost unfettered access to the Dalai Lama as he pursues his agenda across the world. In the light of such a scoop the movie is, understandably, pleased with itself, sternly informing the audience that every frame will be closely scrutinised in Beijing and Washington. Well, perhaps. For all its good intentions, The Unwinking Gaze fails to throw much new light on the Dalai Lama's motives, or upon the apparently intractable stalemate between Tibet and China.
There is little sense of context, perhaps because the film's niche audience will be expected to understand most of the background already. Dugdale's preferred approach is to feed us tiny nuggets of information on cards, and let his footage do the talking. However, since much of the film is taken up with delicately nuanced diplomatic victories and defeats - the success or failure of a trip to Belgium, for instance, or a scientific conference in Dharamsala - the bigger picture can easily become obscured.
AVI File Details
Name.........: The Unwinking Gaze.avi
Filesize.....: 698 MB (or 714,864 KB or 732,020,736 bytes)
Runtime......: 01:09:32 (125,040 fr)
Video Codec..: XviD
Video Bitrate: 1204 kb/s
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Audio Bitrate: 192 kb/s (96/ch, stereo) CBR
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