New Release: The Sun Behind the Clouds DVD

The Sun Behind the Clouds, the controversial and provocative documentary on the Dalai Lama’s ceaseless struggle for justice and recognition for the Tibetan people, arrived on DVD on Oct. 19, 2010, from Zeitgeist, just months after Chinese authorities attempted to pull the film from the prestigious Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Released in theaters last spring to critical acclaim in more than a dozen cities nationwide, the movie focuses on the pivotal and particularly tumultuous events of 2008, from the four-month march of exiled Tibetans to the Indo-Tibet border and Buddhist monks’ protests in Lhasa, to the Beijing Olympics and the contentious talks between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama’s emissaries. While the Dalai Lama advocates for political autonomy within China rather than secession from it, a younger generation within Tibet has grown impatient and begun to chart a more confrontational course.

Following the Dalai Lama’s political life with unprecedented personal access, Tibetan filmmaker Tenzing Sonam and co-director Ritu Sarin bring an impassioned focus to the myriad complexities in finding a peaceful solution based on compromise and dialogue.

The Sun Behind the Clouds, presented in English, Tibetan and Mandarin with English subtitles, carries a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Extras on the DVD include extended interview excerpts with the Dalai Lama and deleted scenes.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.