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10 Questions for the Dalai Lama

This fascinating documentary blends an interview with the Dalai Lama with a look back at the history of the spiritual leader and an exploration of the culture of the small city of Dharamsala, India, where His Holiness was exiled 50 years ago. After emailing the Dalai Lama to set up an interview, filmmaker Rick Ray spent the three months until the meeting getting a firsthand view of living conditions in Dharamsala and capturing it all on camera.
Netflix Rating: 3.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 79%
Critics' score: 79   Audience score: 73   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A nicely crafted, economic (it's only 85 minutes) introduction to that most eminent of men, the spiritual leader and deposed head of state of Tibet. full review

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

Part history lesson and part profile, the film presents a concise, cogent account of recent Tibetan history as well as an engrossing onscreen conversation with one of the world's great spiritual leaders.

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

10 Questions works extremely well as an introduction to the Dalai Lama and offers a tantalizing peek at the dynamic and even mischievous personality of this influential man. full review

Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

"10 Questions for the Dalai Lama" is a tedious title for an anything-but-tedious film that expertly merges the mystical and the mundane. full review

Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

One comes away from 10 Questions emboldened, energized, and sadder -- aware that peace remains so radical a concept that most of us aren't yet worthy of it. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

There have been several documentaries about the Dalai Lama, but few have done a better job of packaging the Tibetan religious leader's circumstances, both historical and current, along with his philosophies, than 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama. full review

G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle

The film never rises above the spiritual or intellectual level of a TV news anchor. It is a dispiriting film to watch, if you have any real interest in the subject. full review

Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic

The 11th question would be: Does a TV-grade travelogue followed by a halfway-decent Q&A warrant a theatrical release? full review

Aaron Hillis, Village Voice
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 85 min
  • Available From: Jul 02, 2012
  • Queued by: 188 people
Directed By
Rick Ray
Cast
Dalai Lama
Genres

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