Today, many people in the world recognize the name of the 14th Dalai Lama. Whenever he visits a nation, it is newsworthy. His dramatic life story was told in the movies, “Kundon” produced by Martin Scorsese and “7 years in Tibet” starring the actor, Brad Pitt. However, most of the media coverage consists of showing the Dalai Lama speaking from a podium or as a religious leader in public places.
How many people can really say they know the man and not just the religious giant he is?
In this documentary, you will meet the Dalai Lama as you haven’t seen him before. The camera goes into the areas of his life only accessible to his staff. What you will see through the camera lens is a person relaxing with his glasses off while sipping tea. You will see a monk reading his prayer books and going over the daily assignments. You will meet the Dalai Lama up close and personal. Through the film footages of his past news and press conferences, the documentary reveals the Dalai Lama’s agonizing and difficult path as well as the essence of the Tibetan issues. The film shooting also took place in Dharamsala, India, where the Tibetan Government in Exile is located and Ladakh, India where Tibetan traditions and customs are still preserved. That film footage sheds light on Tibetan Buddhism that has been passed on from generation to generation and the Dalai Lama as the very source of Tibetan Buddhism. You will learn about what the 14th Dalai Lama and his people have worked hard to establish while living in exile.
Director: Fujiro MITSUISHI