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  • Summary: Vajra Sky is a cinematic pilgrimage to central Tibet, bearing witness to the indomitable faith of its Buddhist community and the imminent threat to its very survival. (Direct Pictures)
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
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  1. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    It is not only the year's best documentary, but it is also among the finest films ever made about religion.
  2. 80
    Filmed only with direct light and sound, Bush's stunning camerawork adroitly captures the majestic landscapes and icons of Buddhism: its murals and artworks, monks and nuns.
  3. There's an Impressionistic feeling to all this, and sometimes it plays like a travelogue -- Bush is trying to do an awful lot at once. But the material is so compelling that we keep watching.
  4. Endorsed by the Dalai Lama and narrated by his nephew Tenzin L. Choegyal, this delivers an impassioned plea to save Tibet's endangered culture but little new information.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Kuipers
    An illuminating meditation on that deepest of Buddhist philosophical concerns -- impermanence. Study of a threatened culture and people is beautifully shot inside Tibet's most sacred sites and arrives with the blessing of the Dalai Lama.
  6. Too often the film itself simply shuffles the postcards of Tibetan scenery, Buddhist rituals and the Tibetan people (many amazing faces on view, to be sure).
  7. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    Though Bush’s aims are admirable and his ability to slip into the cracks of an ancient culture impressive, one can’t shake the feeling that the tale of Tibet’s struggles against communist injustice deserves the attentions of a truly great documentarian, not merely a sympathetic one.

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  1. BillJ.
    Sep 7, 2006
    A masterwork - astonishing in its portrayal of the current state of Tibet. I was deeply moved by its skillful blend of politics and spirituality. Truly the most beautiful & poignant documentary I have ever seen. Expand
  2. JennaTaborn
    Sep 27, 2006
    I just saw this film in San Francisco - the audience was spellbound. Almost nobody has ever seen Tibet or heard the real story. The people are beautiful and the landscapes are amazing. It makes me want to try and help the Tibetans in some way. Higly recommended. Expand