The Lost World Of Tibet documentary is directed by Emma Hindley and produced by BBC in 2006, explores the history of Tibet before the Chinese invasion of 1950.
This video is presented by Dan Cruickshank and includes a revealing interview with the Dalai Lama, who reminisces about how much he missed his mother and his envy for his brother who got to play with all his toys. The Dalai Lama found himself studying from his rigorous final monastic exams – which included publicly debating with his elders.
The Lost World Of Tibet BBC synopsis:
The film mixes current scenes in Dharamsala, the home of the Tibetan Government in Exile, recently restored color video footage from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, and recent interviews with the Dalai Lama and other Tibetans who lived through those times.
“Very soon in this land (with a harmonious blend of religion and politics), deceptive acts may occur from without and within.
At that time, if we do not dare to protect our territory, our spiritual personalities including the Victorious Father and Son (Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama) may be exterminated without a trace, the property and authority of our Lakangs (residences of reincarnated lamas) and monks may be taken away.
Moreover, our political system, developed by the Three Great Dharma Kings (Tri Songtsen Gampo, Tri Songdetsen and Tri Ralpachen) will vanish without anything remaining.
The property of all people, high and low, will be seized and the people forced to become slaves. All living beings will have to endure endless days of suffering and will be stricken with fear. Such a time will come.” – The 13th Dalai Lama predicted before dying.
“In the time between the two wars, a British colonial officer said that with the invention of the airplane the world has no secrets left. However, he said, there is one last mystery.
There is a large country on the Roof of the World, where strange things happen.
There are monks who have the ability to separate mind from body, shamans, and oracles who make government decisions and a God-King who lives in a skyscraper-like palace in the Forbidden City of Llhasa.” ― Heinrich Harrer’s quote.