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2013 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 break between each screening, as appropriate
- 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 necessary).
- Tickets go on sale at 16.30. Please arrive early for the best seats.
- Advanced ticket sales are offered at Agama Yoga in Bhagsu/Upper Dharamsala.
- 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 local food, snacks & drinks, sold at the TIPA kiosk and across the street from the TIPA entrance.

TUESDAY - 11 June 2013

Creating Buddhas - The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas (USA, 2008, 60 mins.)
Creating Buddhas - The Making and Meaning of Fabric Thangkas

Creating Buddhas: The Making and meaning of Fabric Thangkas is the story of a western woman who became a fabric thangka maker and with great love and devotion she is bringing the gift of fabric thangka to our culture.

Fabric thangka is a silk embroidered and appliquéd art form in Tibetan Buddhism and is also known as Applique Thangka, Brocade Thangka, and Silk Thangka. Fabric thangka is so rare that in some places it is only seen once a year, and then for only for a few hours.

Trained in Dharamsala, India for nine years, Leslie Rinchen-Wongmo is one of the few female makers in world and one of the only fabric thangka makers in the west. This film also explores Leslie’s life-changing journey of discovering fabric thangka, her apprenticeship in Dharmasala, the step-by-step by process of producing a fabric thangka, and the history and spiritual importance in Tibetan Buddhism. Through this film, we see her produce a thangka of the female Buddha Tara. In a sense, Leslie is like Tara. She became a master of a male tradition and we see fabric thangka through feminine eyes.
Temples in the Clouds (India, 2008, runtime 56 mins.)
Temples in the Clouds

Temples in the Clouds is the story of a challenging paragliding safari to the ancient and remote temple of the Goddess Himani Chamunda by India-lovers James Mallinson (UK) and Enrico Patuzzi (ITA). As they struggle to reach their destination, situated at 2,500 meters altitude, their skills, endurance, faith, and commitment are being tested and ultimately reinforced. Shot beautifully on location in the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas.
Kumaré – The True Story of a False Prophet (USA, 2011, runtime 84 mins.)

Kumaré is an enlightened guru from the East who builds a following of loyal disciples in the West. But Kumaré is not real. He is an American filmmaker named Vikram Gandhi, who has transformed himself into Kumaré as the centerpiece of a social experiment designed to explore and test one of the world's most sacred taboos.

Concealing his true identity from all he meets, Kumaré forges profound, spiritual connections with real people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram the filmmaker is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity he reveals his greatest teaching: his true self. A playful yet genuine and insightful look at belief and spirituality, the film crosses a line few have dared to cross, all to discover: from illusion comes truth.
BEYOND - Varanasi, India (USA, 2012, runtime 43 mins.)
Beyond - Varanasi, India

BEYOND is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey Lawrence. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- “Holy Men.”

Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.

WEDNESDAY - 12 June 2013

Hippie Masala - Forever in India (Switzerland/India, 2006, runtime 93 mins.)
Hippie Masala - Forever in India

In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of hippies journeyed east to India in search of enlightenment. Indian peasants assumed that a severe drought in the West was the reason for their migration. India’s holy men saw it as a search for spirituality. Most moved back to their home countries after a few months or years while others stayed for good.

Hippie Masala is a portrait of Western ex-patriates: Robert from Holland, a gifted painter, lives with jos wife and young children. Meera, a hermit, seeks enlightenment on her own, while Cesare, an Italian expatriate, strives for spiritual liberation through back-breaking yoga. Hanspeter, a man originally from Switzerland, runs a small farm in the Himalayas. Erica and Gillian, South African twins, sew hippie handicrafts by day and party tirelessly at night.

All, in the end, embraced this land of ancient traditions and transcendent pleasures as their own. Hippie Masala is a fascinating chronicle about aging flower children who, after fleeing Western civilization, found a new way of life in India.
Pure Sound: The Gyuto Monks of Tibet (Australia, 2012, runtime 52 mins.)
Pure Sound: The Gyuto Monks of Tibet

Narrated by Emmy Award winner Toni Collette, Pure Sound - The Gyuto Monks of Tibet, is a feast for the senses. Visually spectacular and featuring 5.1 surround sound the DCP Cinema version is, during its brief theatrical release, attracting full houses in Australia and Italy.

The access all areas crew captured a unique behind the scenes insight into the extraordinary lives of monks from the Gyuto Ramoche Monastery in Northern India. While the program explores the Gyuto' esoteric beliefs this is also a poignant personal story. Among those interviewed were young novices and surviving senior elders - monks who were among those to flee into exile from old Tibet in 1959.
Laya Project (India/Malaysia, 2007, runtime 67 mins.)
Laya Project

Laya Project is a visual journey documenting folk music recorded and filmed on location in Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Maldives, India and Myanmar. Some of these performances are rare, and documented for the first time.

The musicians are primarily from coastal communities affected by the Tsunami of December 26th, 2004. For the international team of musicians, sound engineers and camera men who came together for this unique production, Laya Project is a celebration of life, and is dedicated to the survivors. Crossing boundaries of genre while still preserving the music of the people, Laya Project's essence is artistic purity and simplicity, from a non-judgmental point of view.
The Infinite in Between (Germany, 2012, runtime 6 mins.)
The Infinite in Between

Sacred Geometry, Fractals and Vibration are fundamental elements and can be found in every aspect of creation. 'As above, so below – as within, so without' is also what fractals are standing for, meaning that on different levels the process of creation are similar and following same basic rules of sacred geometry and vibration. The Infinite in Between wants to make this visible and remind us of this universal essence within all.

THURSDAY - 13 June 2013

Change You (Canada, 2012, runtime 12 mins.)
Change You

"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)
Change You follows Albertan Debi Sawchuk and fellow group members on a journey through the Mexican jungle and to ancient spiritual sites.

They are inspired by Mayan Master Teacher Miguel Angel Vergara whose gentle persona and profound insights encourage them to experience, to open their hearts. It is through respecting and connecting with all that is around them that they begin to understand that now is the time to make the changes that they need to make to be in balance with Mother Earth, to be in balance in their life. We learn that it's a life that is open to us all and that the most significantly, the truth is that 'the most important is inside of you.'
Nature of Things (USA, 2011, runtime 2 mins.)
Nature of Things

We often wish to be different in order to accomplish our goals, so does a creature living in the woods. Hungry for food the creature tries hard to reach the fruits growing on top of a tree. After many failed attempts he wishes to be different. As his wishes come true he tries hard to reach the fruits. However, his efforts are in vain. Until, he stumbles upon a realization about the 'Nature of Things'.
A Brush with Life (India, 2011, runtime 24 mins.)
A Brush with Life

""Hugley engaging and visually magnificent."
(Toronto Sun)
The film tells the compelling story of a man extraordinaire, his mettle, his grit, his incorrigible optimism and the world through his eyes. Satish Gujral. A painter, a sculptor and an architect. Born in pre-partition India in the year 1925, an illness fatally impaired his hearing at the tender age of 8. The film traces the progress of his artistic genius and also presents a motivating account of human spirit.

It is said that the art of a nation is deeply entwined with the socio-cultural fabric of its being. Along with Gujral's story, the film touches upon the story of India from partition to now, exploring the immediate social context that gave birth to the ideas behind Gujral's work and unraveling his artistic thought process.
Stan Herd: Down To Earth (USA, 2012, runtime 27 mins.)
Stan Herd: Down To Earth

An intimate portrait of International Earthwork artist Stan Herd as he creates large-scale images on the earth which are best viewed from above. Stan found his canvas in the field on the family farm working with wheat, sunflowers, other crops, and found objects. Two of his first Kansas installations were the 160 acre portraits of Kiowa War Chief Satanta and Will Rogers.
One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das (USA, 2012, runtime 74 mins.)
One Track Heart - The Story of Krishna Das

In 1970, Jeffrey Kagel walked away from the American dream of rock 'n' roll stardom, turning down the chance to record as lead singer for the band soon-to-be the Blue Oyster Cult. Instead, he sold all his possessions and moved from the suburbs of Long Island to the foothills of the Himalayas in search of happiness and a little-known saint named Neem Karoli Baba.

One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das follows his journey to India and back, witnessing his struggles with depression and drug abuse, to his eventual emergence as Krishna Das, world-renowned spiritual teacher and chant master. Featuring interviews with Ram Dass (LSD Icon Richard Alpert), Rick Rubin (Grammy Award winning Producer), Sharon Salzberg (NY Times bestselling author), Daniel Goleman (two-time Pulitzer Prize nominee), as well as a musical score by J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) & Devadas, this is the inspiring story of how one man’s heart-expanding journey continues to transform countless lives.
Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture (USA, 2012, runtime 82 mins.)
Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture

When ancient writings of Sanskrit and Tibetan texts vanish during the political turmoil of the 1950s and 1960s, the history of a whole society is in danger of disappearing. Digital Dharma chronicles the 50-year journey of E. Gene Smith, a Mormon from Utah, the unlikely leader of an effort to rescue, preserve, and share 20,000 volumes of ancient Tibetan text; an epic of one man's mission that became the catalyst for an international movement to provide free access to the story of a people.
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