The Sun Behind The Clouds - 2008

Feature documentary to mark the 50th anniversary of China’s invasion of Tibet - Directed by Ritu Sarin & Tenzing Sonam

Music by the Oscar winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla

For lots of personal reasons this is the film I’m most proud to have been a part of. Not because of the quality of the camerawork - it was shot before big chip cameras arrived on the documentary scene - but because it’s an important film that tells an important story. It’s a proper documentary film and deserves to be seen by far more people than it has. The Tibet issue is a sad and complicated one and the Dalai Lama is at the absolute centre of that story. He of course is widely loved and admired by huge numbers of people around the world, including me, however not everyone agrees with his call for meaningful autonomy over independence.

The closing sequence of the film

His Holiness The Dalia Lama discusses his controversial ‘middle way approach’ to dealing with Chinese rule

His Holiness The Dalai Lama comments on the mistrust that exists between Tibetans and the Chinese government