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2015 Official Selection

¡¡¡ First Screening at 18.00 !!!

- 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 500 INR for a film festival pass. The festival pass is valid for all films on both 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 17.00. 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.

SATURDAY - 13 June 2015

Bön in Dolpo (USA/Nepal, 2014, 53 mins.)
Bon in Dolpo

Bön is one of the world's oldest living religions. H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama has stressed the importance of preserving Bön tradition, as the indigenous source of Tibetan culture. A once vast Bön kingdom, Zhang Zhung encompassed much of the Himalayas, including Dolpo, where the power of the natural world is remembered during pilgrimages, and where oral histories and myths are recounted in relationship to the sacred landscape. Dolpo, one of Nepal's most isolated regions, has no roads or electricity, but preserves many ancient Bön texts, monasteries, and stupas. Educated Bön Geshes are now helping to build schools, temples, and local medical clinics in Dolpo to help raise the standard of living, without sacrificing the social and ecological balance they have had there for centuries.
AWAY (USA, 2015, runtime 18 mins.)

AWAY is the telling of a personal, but incredibly relevant journey that explores the correlation between distance and purpose.

From the filmmaker Zach Zombek:

Produced over the entirety of three years this film has taken us to places, both physically and emotionally, that we would have never in our lives imagined going to. Creating this ambitious film with such limited resources and an out-of-pocket budget has been a daunting task, but we are insanely overjoyed that we were able to see it to the end. Thank you for your patience and excitement for this film’s completion, we sincerely hope and pray that this film moves you in some way.

Where the Darkness Has to Run (India, Ireland and UK, 2014, runtime 60 mins.)
Where the Darkness Has to Run

In a culture that doesn’t value what it can't measure, spiritual Westerners often feel displaced. Many go to the spiritual metropolis of India to practice yoga, meditation, and find answers to life’s bigger questions.The Western media has dismissed these people as deluded, damaged, escapist and brainwashed. But is it so black and white? Through three Western ex-pats living in India, Where the Darkness has to Run explores the motivations of people who leave their lives to embrace spirituality. Have they found the meaning of existence, or are they running away from a dark past? Is spirituality a calling, or a escape?
PLANETARY - Reconnect to Something Bigger (USA, 2015, runtime 85 mins.)
PLANETARY - Reconnect to Something Bigger

PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call – a cross continental, cinematic journey, that explores our cosmic origins and our future as a species. It is a poetic and humbling reminder that now is the time to shift our perspective. PLANETARY asks us to rethink who we really are, to reconsider our relationship with ourselves, each other and the world around us – to remember that we are PLANETARY.

SUNDAY - 14 JUNE 2015

Sulh-e-Kul (Peace to All) (India, 2013, runtime 50 mins.)
Peace to All

Sulh-e-Kul explores the allure of the most important Muslim site of pilgrimage in South Asia, Ajmer’s Dargah Sharif. The shrine is the tomb of the venerated Sufi Saint, Kwajha Gharib Nawaz (Patron of the Poor). For 800 years, it has been a place where all types of people, regardless of religion, caste or colour, have gathered to ask not only for wishes to be granted but also to find peace inside themselves. This film investigates the philosophies of Khwaja Gharib Nawaz and how his legacy still attracts millions of people from all around the world to his shrine every year.
Penchant (India, 2015, runtime 8 mins.)

All through the eons communication has been what has led to the transfer of ideas, thoughts and dreams. Gestures and pictures led to letters and words. The written word has given us culture, history and science. The writing tool has also evolved along the way. This is a story of a one such apparatus. Its life, relation with its owner, its emotions, care and the never ending love for every written word...
Cave Digger (USA, 2015, runtime 39 mins.)
Cave Digger

Ra Paulette digs cathedral-like, 'eighth wonder of the world' art caves into the sandstone cliffs of Northern New Mexico. Each creation takes him years to complete, and each is a masterwork. But patrons who have commissioned caves have cut off nearly all of his projects due to artistic differences. Fed up, Ra has chosen to forego commissions altogether and create a massive, 10-year project, his Magnum Opus.
Sugarless Tea (USA, 2014, runtime 5 mins.)
Sugarless Tea

Fifty four years of separation tethered together by a red string of fate and 10 years of humble restraint.
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda (USA, 2015, runtime 87 mins.)
AWAKE - The Life of Yogananda

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today.

By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization. Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California. By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the human ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms. AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness.
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