The Sun Behind the Clouds

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The Sun Behind the Clouds
US Film poster
Directed by Ritu Sarin
Tenzing Sonam
Produced by Ritu Sarin
John Sergeant
Caroline Behar
Tenzin Tsetan Choklay
Lavinia Currier
Babeth M. VanLoo
Francesca von Habsburg
Written by Tenzing Sonam
Starring The Dalai Lama
Distributed by Zeitgeist Films
Release date
  • January 2010 (2010-01)
Running time
79 minutes
Country India
United Kingdom
Language English, Tibetan, and Mandarin

The Sun Behind the Clouds looks at China's occupation of Tibet from the perspective of the vocally secessionist Tibetan youth, and from that of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, whose reaction to the Chinese presence has been markedly less confrontational. Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam, the film features interviews with the Dalai Lama and Tenzin Tsundue. The Sun Behind the Clouds premiered in the United States at the 2010 Palm Springs International Film Festival before playing at Film Forum in New York City.

The film covers the 2008 Tibetan unrest, including Buddhists' protests in Lhasa and the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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