What I Did
Tibetan Buddhists have a very interesting view of reincarnation, as portrayed in Seven Years in Tibet. While Harrer was building the movie theatre, the Tibetan Buddhists were very careful to not harm any of the worms. They believe that every creature was their mother in a past life. While some religions have beliefs that prevent their followers from harming animals, this is a unique view.
The film permits the audience to be immersed in the Tibetan culture. From the very beginning of the film we see the offerings being made to the young Dalai Lama backed by the low hums of Tibetan instruments. When Harrer makes his first visit to the Dalai Lama we see the tradition of what to do in his presence, such as sitting lower than him, not looking him in the eye, and not touching him. When the Chinese general visits we see additional rituals, such as the creation of the sand artwork, and the embracing of their stronger neighbors.
Tibet is portrayed as a peaceful nation. When their way of life is threatened by a stronger force, they have no way to protect themselves. The Chinese take advantage of Tibet and essentially run them over with their army. Seven Years in Tibet presents a glimpse of what Tibet may have been like before it was overrun. The Dalai Lama at one point in the movie asks Harrer if he thinks that one day someone will make a movie about Tibet so they will be remembered in the future. The movie fulfills that desire.