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Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy
Content:Documentary Film
Available From:Bruno Films
Review Available:Review
Media Type:Videocassette
Release Date:1993
Audience:Higher Education
Secondary Education
Running Time:28 min.
Physical Description:1 videocassette (28 min.): col., 1/2"
Language:English; Tibetan dialogue with English subtitles and narration
Author:Produced and directed by Ellen Bruno
Resource Library Number:EAODVD 006
Subject:Anthropology and Sociology
Diaspora and Ethnicity
Philosophy and Religion
Politics and Government
Gender and Women's Studies
Discrimination and Racism
History, Contemporary (21st Century)
Human Rights
Social & Political Protest
Social Problems
Region:East Asia


"Since the Chinese occupied independent Tibet in 1950 more than one million Tibetans have been tortured, executed or starved to death for their role in demonstrations against the Chinese occupation. Tibetan Buddhist nuns have taken the lead in this resistance by fearlessly staging courageous demonstrations for independence. Countless nuns have been imprisoned and tortured for shouting slogans, criticizing the Chinese state in conversations with foreigners, possessing posters which call for Tibetan independence, or hoisting the Tibetan flag. The treatment they receive as political prisoners is brutal. In a deeply personal and lyrical style, Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy focuses on the testimonies of these nuns, revealing continued religious oppression and human rights abuses in occupied Tibet. For over forty years the Tibetans have adhered to the principles of nonviolent social change. Satya seeks to understand the basis and inspiration for this choice of nonviolence, and the spiritual principles which influence their understanding of the enemy."--DVD Container || Discussion Guide available at

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