Especially relevant in these days when, for many people, any expression of compassion for other people reads as virtue-signaling by faggy SJWs, is the fact that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is still alive. Mickey Lemle’s documentary The Last Dalai Lama? is both a primer on who the Dalai Lama is and the political reasons for why he may be the last. It’s not a spoiler to reveal that, in 2007, the Chinese government passed a law stating that it would participate in the selection of the 15th Dalai Lama — thus interfering in Tibet’s internal affairs like a Southern senator interferes with a woman’s uterus.
In response, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso said he would not be reincarnating and thus, there would be no 15th for China to choose — surely the classiest “fuck you” to power ever. It also speaks to the wide range of human potential that both the Dalai Lama and — to use a random example — the sexual predator who currently occupies the White House can exist at the same time. Perhaps more importantly, the man in Tibet’s got jokes! Most are self-deprecating, and he also tells his followers to think for themselves, which is a million miles away from “I am your voice.” When he passes, we shall not look upon his like again.
The Last Dalai Lama?
Opens Friday at the Roxie Theater.