The Sun Behind the Clouds
The Sun Behind the Clouds – Movie Review
Fifty years after the fall of his country, can the Dalai Lama make a breakthrough in his efforts to find a solution to the Tibet question?
The Sun Behind the Clouds is subtitled “Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom”, and as much as I expected this to be kind of a traditional piece of propaganda, it’s absolutely fascinating. It looks at the character and the contradictions of the Dalai Lama. It explains a lot of Tibetan history here that I didn’t know. The Chinese never come off looking like the good guys these days, which I suppose is not unusual. But the deal is here that this movie is very much akin the documentary that was done about Jimmy Carter, whom everybody viewed as sort of an inept politician but a saintly man. And it turns out he’s a lot more complicated than that, as is the Dalai Lama. Because I think the same things could be said about the Dalai Lama, that he’s not only the spiritual head of Tibet, but he’s also the political leader of Tibet and that there’s an inherent contradiction and tension in that kind of role. So this is actually a fascinating look at not only a country that I think most of us don’t know very much about, but also a fascinating man that most of us know very little about, other than his saintliness. So I’d give this four stars.