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2012 Official Selection


¡¡¡ First Screening at 17.00 !!!

- Film will be screened in the order they are listed below, one after the other with a short 10-minutes break around 19.30.
- DFF tickets are available at 300 INR per night or 700 INR for a film festival pass. The festival pass is valid for all films on all three nights. Tickets for just one film are not available.
- Local Indian and Tibetan residents with valid ID may enter for a reduced fee of 100 INR per night (no festival passes available).
- Tickets go on sale at 16.30. Please arrive early for the best seats.
- The TIPA auditorium has a maximum capacity of 500 people. We reserve the right to turn people away once all seats are taken.
- There will be homemade local food, snacks & drinks, sold at the TIPA kiosk and across the street from the TIPA entrance.

TUESDAY - 29 May 2012

What Would It Look Like? (USA, 2005, runtime 28 mins.)
what would it look like

What if the world embodied our highest potential? What would it look like? As the structures of modern society crumble, is it enough to respond with the same tired solutions? Or are we being called to question a set of unexamined assumptions that form the very basis of our civilization? This 25-minute retrospective asks us to reflect on the state of the world and ourselves, and to listen more closely to what is being asked of us at this time of unprecedented global transformation.
Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (USA/Bhutan, 2009, runtime 57 mins.)
Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche chronicles the life of one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century teachers, Dilgo Khyentse. A writer, poet and meditation master, Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. His many students throughout the world included the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan.

Richard Gere and Lou Reed provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China and the subsequent spread of his influence around the world. Using animation, rare still and archival footage and filmed throughout Tibet, India, the United States, Bhutan, and Nepal, the film tells his story from birth to death to rebirth. This moving biography is told in part through interviews with the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, Rabjam Rinpoche, and other great Tibetan thinkers.

Written and Directed by Neten Chokling (Milarepa), one of Khyentse Rinpocheís students, it is an intimate, moving and revelatory look at a transcendent spiritual being.
Jaadu (France/Pakistan, 2012, runtime 52 mins.)

When the lyricism of Titi Robin, guitarist, oud and bouzouki player, encounters the singing voice of the qawwali master Faiz Ali Faiz, hailed as a worthy successor of the great Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, music becomes fire, brilliant, powerful, bursting of energy and emotion. Jaadu (Magic) is the title of this encounter and this film, which leads us to the heart of sufism, transmitted by deeply tolerant Islam sung by the qawwals, nourishing the art of these exceptional musicians.
Crossing Over: The Art of Jeremy Down (Canada, 2012, runtime 12 mins.)
crossing over: the art of jeremy down

Jeremy Down is an artist who derives his inspiration from the natural world, delving deep into himself and the landscape to produce his remarkable works. His raw relationship with the mountains and lakes around his home in BC's Slocan Valley has yielded some impressive canvasses - but it also almost cost him his life. His near drowning in 2000 while out painting in his canoe, induced a near-death experience that would change his approach to painting as well as living.
City of the Dawn (India/USA, 2009, runtime 90 mins.)
city of the dawn

City of the Dawn is a documentary film exploring Auroville, an experimental city in Southern India created with the ideal of becoming a living embodiment of human unity. This laboratory for the future wants to transcend all that separates human beings, religion, politics, money, race, social position, creed, etc., and find new ways to coexist that benefit all. Here, 2000 citizens from 40 nations live their lives dedicated to this aspiration for a place where a more conscious human family lives and shares and supports one another as part of one planet.

The film traces the transformation of the major aspects of this human experience called Auroville as they continue to unfold dynamically. The key areas are social relationships, ecology, government, architecture, education, health care, industry, finances and culture. But outstanding developments in these fields, and they are here, are not the primary purpose. The primary aim is the development of indi-
viduals living in higher consciousness who manifest the progress in service to all.

WEDNESDAY - 30 May 2012

Mining the Unconscious (USA, 2011, runtime 67 mins.)
mining the unconscious

"The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize within him." (C.G. Jung)

Art is the joyous human expression of the Sacred. Mining The Unconscious brings us the stories and revelations of fifteen artists as they share their personal journeys into the profound territory of the unconscious in the excavation of their creative gifts. This stunning experience of the transformative and healing power of art immerses the viewer in the river of creativity and the Eternal image.

Moving through a meditation that integrates spirituality and creativity, what emerges is the artistís gift to the world. A true celebration of life and a tribute to C.G. Jungís profound contribution to culture, art and the collective consciousness.

In addition to deeply moving art, the sound track transports the viewer into a world dedicated to joy. Mining The Unconscious is a true celebration of the beauty of life upon this earth.
The Way of the Heart - The Life and Legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan (UK, 2010, 61 mins.)
The Way of the Heart - The Life and Legacy of Hazrat Inayat Khan

In 1910 a brilliant Indian musician named Inayat Khan journeyed from Bombay to New York following the guidance of his Sufi teacher who bade him, ďunite East and West with the harmony of your music and spread the wisdom of Sufism abroad.Ē He soon realized he would have to call upon the harmony of ideas, and a noble manner rather than poorly understood Indian music to foster the spiritual awakening he perceived was brewing in human consciousness.

The Way of the Heart is a luminous chronicle of his journey to the West and the wisdom of Sufism he transmitted, and it reminds us that divinity can be found in the depths of every heart. It sounds a note of universal harmony in response to the great need of the world today.
Krishna Das - One Life at a Time (USA, 2004, runtime 50 mins.)
Krishna Das - One Life at a Time

One Life at a Time was recorded over a year and a half, and features intimate one-on-one interview footage that includes stories and personal revelations from Krishna Das recorded at retreats at Shivananda in The Bahamas, Maui, The Omega Institute, Shivananda in upstate New York, The Self Realization Center in LA, and at KDís home.

The film traces KDís own spiritual path, and his relationship with Maharaj-ji (Neem Karoli Baba). The film brings Maharaj-jiís presence front and center through the usage of a variety of film clips of him. The story is further fleshed out through the contributions of Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, Ty Burhoe, KDís daughter Janaki Kagel, and John Friend. A couple of tapings include very personal interaction between KD and Ram Dass. The film also takes us to Rick Rubinís LA recording studio for up close exploration from the Door of Faith CD sessions. All creatively woven together, this movie truly opens the heart.
Variations in the Stone Forest (France, 2011, runtime 4 mins.) | ASIAN PREMIERE
Variations in the Stone Forest

Transformation advisory: Where the falls meet the sea, the Stone Forest is again in full mutation. Orientation unlikely during transit. Bring only what can be left behind.
Project Happiness (USA, 2011, runtime 62 mins.)
project happiness

Happiness Ė I want more! From the alleys of Nigeria and the beaches of California to the mountains of India, ordinary young people lead us on an extraordinary journey to explore the nature of lasting happiness and end up starting a movement.

Project Happiness focuses on four teens from Santa Cruz, California. Each faces personal obstacles to happiness: loss, alienation and the everyday challenges of being a teenager passing into adulthood. Project Happiness introduces them to their peers in Nigeria and India and quickly leaves lectures and books behind. In addition to connecting with each other, the teens engage in conversations with cultural icons George Lucas, Richard Gere and groundbreaking neuroscientist Richard Davidson. At the end of their year together, the three groups converge in Dharamsala, India for a rare private interview with the Dalai Lama – an event that rocks their expectations, brings more questions than answers and marks a new chapter in their lives.

THURSDAY - 31 May 2012

L'Appel (Belgium, 2011, runtime 22 mins.)

"Among those films which evidentiate the return of the beliefs... As if the 21st century were at last much more spiritual than it seems."
(Format Court)
Inspired by a burning faith, Anna, former ballet dancer and now a novice in a convent, asks for the permission to take her vows. This is when confusion sets in, between the Calling of the body and the one of the mind, the desire for movement and the need for commitment.
Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action (Canada, 2008, runtime 98 mins.)
Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action

""Hugley engaging and visually magnificent."
(Toronto Sun)
The 2006 murder of friend and fellow media-activist Brad Will in protest-torn Oaxaca, Mexico, is the impetus for Ripper's journey, which takes him to the flash points of spiritual activism around the world, including Montgomery, Alabama; Robben Island, South Africa; Andrah, India; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; and South Central Los Angeles, where a months-long protest against the razing of a vital community garden provides a highly dramatic spine for the wide-ranging film.

En route, Ripper encounters a number of eloquent icons, including American Civil Rights legend Congressman John Lewis, actor turned activist Daryl Hannah, Nobel prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Alice Walker, Buddhist peace activist monk Thich Nhat Hahn, famed tree sitter Julia Butterfly Hill, and dharma punk, Noah Levine. Fierce Light continues the quest for a fusion between spirituality and activism previously explored in Velcrow Ripper's award-winning feature documentary ScaredSacred (Special Jury Prize, Toronto International FIlm Festival).
Ubuntu (USA, 2005, runtime 8 mins.)    

"I am because you are," is the deep meaning of Ubuntu, a traditional African philosophy recognizing the shared essence within humanity and life. In this film we visit Dorah Lebelo and the GreenHouse Project, Credo Mutwa, the great Zulu traditional healer and teacher, and the forem Deputy Minister of Health, Nozizwa Madlala-Routledge, to learn more about this fundamental understanding of life and its ramifications on how we treat each other, ourselves, and the earth.
Dalai Mongol (Mongolia/USA, 2011, runtime 50 mins.) | WORLD PREMIERE
dalai mongol

Dalai Mongol takes viewers on an enchanting journey through the beautiful landscapes of Mongolia as a man and woman, on separate spiritual quests, yearn to find themselves and one another. The film's only dialog comes in the form of musician Levi Chen 's serene and majestic notes as well as songs from his latest album. Filming took place on location in Mongolia at various temples and spiritual sites as well as obscure countryside, culminating with a solar eclipse. The one month shoot was equal parts nature documentary, spiritual dance, and music video.

Dalai Mongol's blend of nature and music narrate an inspiring and timeless tale of faith, triumph and love despite all odds.

Living the Love (Malaysia, 2012, runtime 17 mins.) | WORLD PREMIERE
living the love

Piercing the body out of faith is a custom in most of the older religions. Though it may induce fear, doubt and anxiety, it is also associated with a certain sense of mysticism and spirituality. Thaipusam is a magical Hindu festival where devotees in a state of trance, painlessly carry offerings and symbols of faith in the form of heavy burdens and/or have a range of intriguing attachments hooked to their body. But beyond the images of unbelievable crowds and fanfare, here trust and devotion merge into an expression of faith through self-sacrifice.

For many, Thaipusam is all about the flourish and the obscure customs. For some it is a story of love.
Beads on One String (USA/UK, 2011, runtime 61 mins.) | WORLD PREMIERE
beads on one string

A road movie about the spiritual path. Beads on One String takes the viewer on an extraordinary journey across India investigating mysticism, religion, and spirituality through the eyes of 50 travelers from around the world, ages 19 to 90, joined together to retrace a pilgrimmage designed by Meher Baba, a 20th Century Indian mystic and spiritual master. In everything from arguments about lost luggage and lack of sleep, to the religious ritual and ceremony they encounter, these pilgrims discover the chaotic nature of the spiritual path, challenging their own understanding in unexpected ways.

The film documents the experiences of pilgrims as they travel to a fantastic collection of holy sites in India. The film touches on themes such as: The problem of Religion, Exoteric and Esoteric aspects of spiritual traditions, the transformative effect of pilgrimage and Companionship, the role of change and newness on the spiritual path, and the ego and how it affects the way people relate and interpret spirituality.
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