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Lost World of Tibet, The: The Director’s Cut

Synopsis
Dan Cruickshank presents this illuminating documentary about life in Tibet prior to the brutal Chinese occupation of 1950. Colour films dating back to that period have been carefully restored, revealing significant details about Tibetan culture, which was highly insular and revolved around religious ritual. An exclusive interview with the Dalai Lama, focusing on his early life and childhood is intercut with colour archive film from the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s as well as revealing interviews with ordinary Tibetan people who remember life before China sent in troops. The film allows us to glimpse into the rich culture of Tibet, showing us ancient ceremonies, Buddhist rituals and family life, from a time before Tibetan people lost their country.

Extras include the shorter 60-minute Worldwide TV version; footage of contemporary life in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala (23 mins); colour archival footage of Tibetan flora and fauna (6 mins)
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2008
Notes
First broadcast on BBC Four on 03/03/2008
Subjects
Film studies; History
Keywords
Buddhism; Dalai Lama; Tibet; colour cinematography

Credits

Director
Emma Hindley
Producer
Emma Hindley
Contributor
Dan Cruickshank

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£19.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
90 minutes
Year
2013

Production Company

Name

BBC

Notes
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Name

BFI Production

Distributor

Name

BFI Video

Email
video.films@bfi.org.uk
Web
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Phone
020 7957 8957
Fax
020 7957 8968
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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