Tuesday
26
Aug
7.30pm
Back Unwinking Gaze, The
 
Tue
26
Aug
No film notes
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Tuesday, 26 August 2008 at 7.30pm
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  • Colour
 

Exiled since 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama has been celebrated around the world for his efforts to balance his Buddhist beliefs with his responsibilities as the leader of a repressed people. As a consequence, most film profiles have been blatantly hagiographic. Accorded unprecedented access to the Dalai and his inner circle over three years, director Joshua Dugdale captures the pressures placed upon this deeply spiritual but sanely pragmatic man, as he strives to adopt a position of strength without giving his subjects false hope or provoking Beijing. However, the laudable attempt to persuade the Chinese government that the Dalai is not the wilful subversive it portrays him to be is more than a touch naive. Nevertheless, Dugdale manages some intriguing insights into the Dalai's diplomatic acuity, and his awareness that the ultimate accomplishment of his mission increasingly depends upon finding a worthy successor.



Director:

 
Joshua Dugdale
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