in about 100 words or less
US 134m, Colour
Director: Martin Scorsese; Cast: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin, Tenzin Yeshi Paichang, Tencho Gyalpo, Tenzin Topjar
Kundun is a biographical film with beautiful cinematography, exquisite costuming and an ecstatic score that is based on the life of the 14th Dalai Lama. Much of the film follows key life events from the time of his discovery as a two-year old; through his teaching and training as a child at ages of five and twelve; to the age of 18 when he eventually takes on his role as leader of Tibet. The film is a deliberately paced drama based upon the Dalai Lama’s own writings which suggest a life caught between an ancient past and the modern world that is full of self-doubt when he is forced into exile by the Chinese Communist government (Klaus Ming January 2012).