Sun Behind the Clouds: Tibet’s Struggle for Freedom
For this year’s Retrospective, CAAMFest hosts its Curatorial Residents, Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, the directors of the new Dharamsala International Film Festival in India. Sarin and Sonam created the festival to bring the best of contemporary, independent Indian and world cinema to the city that is home to the Dalai Lama and the capital of the Tibetan community in exile. One of two films featured in CAAMfest’s Retrospective, THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS, is a documentary that gives a provocative look at the Dalai Lama’s struggle for justice and recognition for the Tibetan people.
The year is 2008: China is preparing for the Olympics. But this auspicious year also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the takeover of Tibet. An uprising occurs on the streets of Lhasa and other Tibetan cities, the biggest upheaval in decades. Concurrently, in a show of solidarity, exiled Tibetans begin a long march through India to their homeland. Filmmakers Tenzing Sonam (of Tibetan parentage) and Ritu Sarin chronicle this struggle for freedom, having access to both the Dalai Lama, whose negotiations with the Chinese government are tottering, and the protesters on the street hungry for self-determination. This still-timely film thoughtfully balances the Dalai Lama’s drive for autonomy with the desires of an impatient generation of activists who are striving for true independence.
- Steve Said
In attendance: CAAMFest 2014 Retrospective Honorees Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam
Co-presented by Motherland Nepal