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When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun

Project information

Talent Sidharth Mathawan
Role of participant Set Decoration
Director Dirk Simon
Producer Dirk Simon, Dennis Haysbert, Vanessa Philippe
Screenwriter Dirk Simon, Kristen Simon
Status finished

Production details

Running time 115 minutes min
Genre Creative Documentary
Year of production 2010
Countries of Production India , China , United States , Canada
Production Company
Free Motion Films
Website http://www.whenthedragon.com

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When The Dragon Swallowed The Sun has been 7 years in the making, It is the first documentary that shows an inside perspective on the Tibetan movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation. Most people might believe they know what it is about. This film will provide a whole new perspective. It is also the first documentary on the Tibetan topic in such quality and with such an artistic approach. Full HD footage from India, China, Tibet and the US, a prologue narrated by Dennis Haysbert and an original soundtrack by Philip Glass, Thom Yorke and Damien Rice make this the first film that presents the complexity of the struggle with such emotional impact. The film features Richard Gere, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama, some of the most prominent Chinese contemporary artists and all the key figures of the exiled Tibetan freedom movement and their followers.


Dalai LamaHimself
Richard GereHimself
Desmond TutuHimself
Namgyal Wangchuk Lhagyari TrichenHimself
Tenzin ChogkyiHerself
Dennis HaysbertNarration


Set DecoratorMeghna Singh
composer: additional musicThom Yorke
composer: additional musicDamien Rice
composer: theme musicPhilip Glass