"Vajra Sky Over Tibet is 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. The peaceful principles of the faith infuse every frame.”

Richard Kuipers, Variety
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"As the images unfold and the facts accrete like sand in a mandala, Vajra Sky Over Tibet builds an atmosphere of serene outrage."

Ty Burr, The Boston Globe
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"John Bush's enthralling and heartfelt documentary explores the beauty and the vulnerability of the Buddhist tradition in Tibet today and its importance to the Western world."

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice
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"[Vajra Sky Over Tibet] is not only the year’s best documentary, but also among the finest films ever made about religion... A work of power and glory."

Phil Hall, Film Threat
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"The beauty and poignancy of what I was seeing in Tibet was overwhelming at times and I would need to step away from the camera. Capturing the essence of these sacred places and the devotional will of the Tibetan pilgrims were powerful experiences that are shared abundantly in the footage."

A View From Tibet: Interview with John Bush
Phil Hall, Film Threat
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"A world cinema masterpiece...Beautifully photographed in dazzling colors and with hypnotic chanting music, soberly tells of Tibet's struggle to survive."

Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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"A well-photographed inside look at a fascinating culture and its people."

Corina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
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"Bush's stunning camera work adroitly captures the majectic landscapes and icons of Buddhism: its murals and artworks, monks and nuns... A tonic for Buddhists, no doubt, it offers many pleasures to atheists as well."

John Patterson, Village Voice
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"The film is part meditation on and part travelogue to Tibet, documenting places where the Buddhist practice still exists despite the ban by the occupying Chinese government."

Leslie Brokaw, The Boston Globe




"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."

Walter Addiego, San Francosco Chronicle
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"Bush has accomplished his primary and extraordinary feat: documenting a culture that threatens to disappear. It's a loving effort, and an important addition to the body of films about this extraordinary,
sacred region of the world."

Theodore Bale, Edge Boston
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"Travel to the sacred temples, remote monasteries, and lively festivals of the Himalayan landscape with filmmaker John Bush in a cinematic pilgrimage into the heart of Tibetan Buddhist culture. All is not well in this central Asian region, however, and as Bush offers a compelling glimpse into a culture that has endured for centuries, his exploration of the Chinese efforts to destroy this ancient wisdom from within provides a poignant snapshot of a contemporary tragedy in the making."

Jason Buchanan, All Movie Guide




"Taking his camera into monasteries and capturing everyday moments with grace, Bush forgoes the idea of interviewing and lets his footage speak for itself."

Chelsea Bain, Boston Herald




"Images of the landscape, temples, and art dazzle with their gemlike luminosity and vaulting immensity."

Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix




"Vajra Sky Over Tibet is a spectacularly beautiful and highly informative movie… remarkably well lit for the conditions and shot as if Bush had all the time in the world to set up his cameras. His Buddhist credentials allowed the team access to the inner sanctums of temples beyond the reach of most tourists and bear witness to the determination of the residents to practice their religion openly. Their strength and resolve are palpable.

Well beyond any political subtext are wondrous scenes of sky-piercing mountains, raging rivers, lakes with mirror surfaces and picture-postcard valleys. The religious art and architecture is magnificent, as well."

Gary Dretzka, Digital Dretzka




"VAJRA SKY is a stunning documentary, endorsed by the Dalai Lama and highly recommended by Free Tibet Campaign. The film visits temples, monasteries and festivals and explores Tibet's endangered culture. With a haunting soundtrack including songs by Yungchen Lhamo, this wonderful film will create nostalgia in all those who have been to Tibet and a yearning in those who have not. A fabulous gift for anyone with an interest in Tibet."

Free Tibet Campaign, UK




"VAJRA SKY is a journey unveiling some of the most remote and remarkable aspects of communist controlled Tibet.. We go places western visitors rarely go, see things most westerners haven't seen in decades.. It's museum quality in content, message and image.. A giant spiritual tapestry."

Amit Goti, LA Yoga




"VAJRA SKY is a magnificent attempt to bring the truth, beauty and indomitable faith of our Tibetan friends to a wide audience. The sound track is inspired. It comes recommended by none other than His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Fascinating viewing."

Nancy Patton, Mandala Journal




"VAJRA SKY is a beautiful and moving experience which in my view attempts to represent a balanced view of the current situation in Tibet. The monuments and rituals as well as daily life are depicted with both an eye for their unique beauty but without sentimentality. I know of no other film that enables viewers so balanced a view of the artistic and physical landscape of modern Tibet."

Dr. Deborah Kilmburg-Salter
Professor of Tibetan Art History, University of Vienna, Austria



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