Directed by: Emma Hindley
Countries & Regions: United Kingdom
Studio: British Film Institute
Length: 90 mins
Region: Region 2
Released: 10 March 2008
Cat No: BFIVD747
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The Lost World of Tibet
Cast: Dan Cruickshank
BBC documentary presented by Dan Cruickshank focusing on life in Tibet before the brutal Chinese occupation of 1950. Dan reveals... Read More
Featuring stunning colour film footage of Tibet in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s, beautifully restored by the British Film Institute, this riveting documentary explores the history of Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950. Dan Cruickshank treks across the country, exploring local customs and traditions, and rueing the vibrant culture that was lost following the Occupation. In the amateur archive material, filmed by Medical Officers, Political Agents and botanists, we see a dazzling array of ceremonies and rituals, costumes and landscapes, most of which are filmed in glowing colour. It has become a cliché to describe Tibet as Shangri-La, yet some of the shots here do indeed evoke a vivid utopia.
This is the director’s cut of the film first shown on BBC4, featuring half an hour of extra footage, including an extended interview with the Dalai Lama (who watches footage of his childhood self with a mixture of poignancy and amusement) and talking heads from those who remember ordinary Tibetan life before the Chinese invasion. There is also some beautiful colour footage of Tibetan flora and fauna. The dvd also includes the original version shown on television.