Special features: Bonus footage: Journey to Lhasa (14 min.); Summer in Kham (13 min.); Sakya masked dances (12 min.); Nagchu festival (6 min.); Another year in exile (10 min.); Bonus interviews: H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama (7 min.); Robert Thurman (9 min.); Music video: "Long Life Chant" (7 min.); Theatrical trailer (3 min.); New Yorker Films trailers (9 min.).
Photographed by Tom Peosay; editor, Kathryn Himoff ; music, Jeff Beal ; featured music by Nawang Khechog ; translators, Paula Q, Greg Alling, Pema Chongkharn, Norbu Chophel, Lhawang Dhondup, Tseten Dorji, Sonam Dorjee Lama, Thondup Namgyal, Chimi Thonden, Alan Wallace, Tseten Wangchuk, Tsering Wangyal.
Narrated by Martin Sheen; commentators Blake Kerr, Jampa Phuntsok, Gyeltsen, Nogawang, John Ackerly, Adhe Tapontsang, Aten Dogyaltsang, Tenzin, Ani Pachen, Robert Ford, Robert A.F. Thurman, Palden Gyatso, Robbie Barnett, Frank Wolfe, Bhakdro, Tu Wei-Ming, Lodi Gyari . . . [et. al.]; voiceovers by Frank Christopher, Edward Edwards, Ed Harris, Shirley Knight, Lynn Marta, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon.
A snow lion is a mythic beast of Tibetan legend. As a protector of the nation, the snow lion is emblazoned on the Tibetan flag. Today the Tibetan flag is outlawed in its homeland. Ten years in the making, filmed during a remarkable nine journeys throughout Tibet, India and Nepal. After the Chinese Civil War, the People's Republic of China incorporated Tibet in 1950; in the aftermath have come Tibetan rebellion, border wars, the flight of the Dalai Lama, and a worldwide protest movement dedicated to freeing Tibet from Chinese rule. In this film, dark secrets of Tibet's recent past are powerfully chronicled through riveting personal stories and interviews, and a collection of undercover and archival images never before assembled in one film.
Originally released as a documentary in,2002.