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2014 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 - 13 May 2014

The Secret Ingredient (Israel/India, 2012, 65 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.
The Blue Room (India, 2008, runtime 56 mins.)
The Blue Room

The Blue Room tells the story of Frances, a woman in her mid twenties whose younger sister Alma is in a coma. Frances spends much of her time with Alma, bringing her fresh flowers and waiting for her to wake up. Fed up with the helplessness of her situation, Frances decides to take action; she visits a Spiritualist medium named Ivy recommended by her florist, to try and communicate with Alma and wake her up. In Ivy’s drawing room, painted a specific shade of bright blue thought to be conducive to communicating with the spirit world, Frances speaks with Alma through a Red Indian spirit guide named Red Cloud, whose portrait hangs on Ivy’s wall, giving her hope that her sister might recover.
Humano (Argentina, 2013, runtime 87 mins.)

Alan is twenty-five years old and is looking for the reason of his existence, the meaning of life. A camera and a notebook filled with questions are the only items he needs to set off on a journey to the Andes range and into the deepest corners of the subconscious. Through the eyes of Placido, an Andean paqo (“priest”), the existence of an invisible world which coexists daily with the visible world will be unveiled to him. Alan wishes to discover the origins of humanity on earth, and for this it is necessary for him to first learn to be Human. Rituals, initiations and new challenges will unfurl before him as “keys” to breaking and broadening his consciousness. Together with Placido he will be taken on an introspective journey such as has never been documented before.
Journey for Happiness (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.


No Problem! (Six Months with the Barefoot Grandmamas) (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.
My Forest (Belgium, 2014, runtime 7 mins.)
My Forest

Through the eyes of a child, discover our nature, its magic and its mysteries...
The American Rinpoche (USA, 2014, runtime 52 mins.)
American Rimpoche

To the Western imagination, Tibet evokes the exotic, the spiritual, and, since its invasion by China, the political; a fabled land, sheltered from modernity and threatened by extinction. Americans are enchanted with Tibet and its particular form of Buddhism. The Dalai Lama has achieved rock-star status and many American seekers have turned to him for answers to today’s pressing conflicts and concerns.

Gelek Rimpoche was born in this legendary Shangri-la. He trained as a traditional monk but was forced to flee in 1959. He has lived an extraordinary life spanning continents, customs, and cultures. No longer in monks’ robes, now a citizen of the United States, Gelek Rimpoche finds himself in the suburbs of Michigan with a devout international following and a new title: The American Rimpoche.

The hour-long documentary interweaves conversations with him, his students and key players in America’s adoption of Tibetan Buddhism. Framed by archival photos of old Tibet taken by Rimpoche’s father in the 1930s and ’40s, the film traverses the link between one man’s job as a spiritual teacher and the impact of Tibet’s myths and practices on Americans seeking direction in an increasingly complex world.
Koan of Spring (Korea/France/Vietnam, 2013, runtime 74 mins.)
Koan of Spring

Master Truong, the old Fearless of the emperor, is nearing the end of his life and he has not yet found his successor. The country has to be prepared for war and the Emperor is furiously impatient. He gives him two weeks to find it.

Master Truong goes to visit a famous General (Master Wing) who had disappeared to become a simple fisherman. He lives with his two sons Tin and Tan and his daughter Lan on the shores of the Lake Ba Bê. Master Truong knows very well the legend of the lake but this time he will really understand its meaning.

Master Truong tells to master Wing he wants to test his two sons. People talked him a lot about their quality. Disappointed by their results, he tests also Lan. She has not a priori a high level practitioner but Master Truong will choose her. He has finally found the person who has all the qualities to succeed him. Unhappy, one more time, things are not so simple. Master Truong will return to the palace without a successor but with something more precious.

THURSDAY - 15 May 2014

The Fish Pendant (India, 2014, runtime 31 mins.) WORLD PREMIERE
The Fish Pendant

In our early adulthood, we encounter several philosophies which we write off thinking we are being 'philosophical'. It's soon that we realize these 'philosophies' exist in the very real world and as we begin to know more people, travel to new places or within ourselves, our life is interlaced by these 'philosophies'. They become a journey.

The Fish Pendant is a story of two individuals in their early adulthood with distinct conditionings and backgrounds. The story moves at the pace of the characters, their interaction with their respective social environments and is subtly textured by three cities which are also prominent characters in the film.
TSUMUGU - Spinning the Threads of Life (Japan, 2013, runtime 98 mins.) INDIA PREMIERE
TSUMUGU - Spinning the Threads of Life

A Japanese fashion designer who lives in Thailand, a doctor who provides for the terminally ill, a singer who juggles two careers as singer and farmer, and villagers who revived traditional dyeing and weaving in Thailand. What made them do so? Where are they headed? The film deals with the sanctity of life featuring people’s real lives in the past, the present, and the future, interweaving with traditional clothes-making and village life in the beautiful nature of Isaan,

These clothes carry a message…
About spinning the threads of love.
About weaving thoughts and feelings.
They speak of all the people they've encountered who share the blessings of that message.
Clothes into which life is breathed.
So began the journey to find special fabrics.

The Voice of God (India/Germany, 2011, runtime 10 mins.)
Voice of God

""Hugley engaging and visually magnificent."
(Toronto Sun)
If God would come down to earth and try to earn a living in Bombay, most probably he would very soon become successful as a voice over artiste, lending his voice to thousands of hindi movies and even more documentaries and public service films in India. A melo-dramatic docu-drama with voice-over in stop-motion and long-time exposure.
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We welcome films that explore the various spiritual traditions from around the world, as well as films that cherish the human spirit and its creative expression...


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