‘The Unwinking Gaze’ showing at the Nevada County Library offers rare glimpse into the Dalai Lama
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What: “The Unwinking Gaze”
Where: Nevada County Library Community Room, 980 Helling Way in Nevada City
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15,
Cost: Free; donations accepted to help pay the costs of Tibetan Monks coming in January
“The Unwinking Gaze” offers a unique, behind-the-scenes insight into the recent working life of Tibet’s would-be savior and revered world icon the Dalai Lama.
“The Unwinking Gaze” was filmed over a period of three years with exceptional access showing the daily agonies of the Tibetan leader as he tries to strike a balance between his Buddhist vows and the realpolitik needed to placate China.
David and Goliath is played out in front of us as the world’s emerging superpower and the Dalai Lama walk a tightrope over an issue of global importance.
“The Unwinking Gaze” is not three years in the life of the Dalai. It is his life’s work in three years.
This film takes you inside the Titanic struggle of one of the great spiritual and political figures of our time, as he tries to lead his people to a peaceful resolution with China.
“I had seen a number of films on the Dalai Lama, but I felt they didn’t show who he really was,” Joshua Dugdale, director of the film, said of his motivation. “It seemed that he was being wheeled out for the cameras, for stage managed set pieces. Knowing that the rhetoric from Beijing claimed that the Dalai Lama was a canny political operator, intent on conning the West into backing his efforts to split off Tibet and weaken China, I wondered whether there was a way of showing his actions and reactions on camera.
“I hoped to be able to reveal his true intentions and character and I wanted to create a film, which would show the real world of the ‘splittist’ Dalai Lama so that those in power in Beijing might be able to make more informed decisions about how they deal with him,” he adds.
“With such an enigmatic figure, the only way to achieve this was to treat him like any other politician, showing the world he inhabits and the challenges he faces.”
The result is extraordinarily rare access into the world of one of the great spiritual leaders of our time.
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