Simple Monk, “The Dalai Lama Renaissance”, a film by Khashyar Darvich, narrated by Harrison Ford
By Jordan Colburn
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 5/18/08 — We welcomed the opportunity to see the Dalai Lama “up close and personal”, to better understand why he commands such presence and respect worldwide.
All we had to go on were some sound bites and very brief reports of the possible confrontation between Tibet and China, especially with the protests against China and their handling of Tibet, which played out in many counties in the last month during the Olympic Games Torch Relay. So I was excited to have an opportunity to view this award winning film, which Premiers Nationally at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco May 23, 2008. It also seemed interesting because the film is narrated by actor Harrison Ford, whose 4th “Indian Jones” movie opens on May 22nd.
At the edge of the Millennium, His Holiness, The Dalai Lama of Tibet invited 40 of the West’s leading, most innovative thinkers in their respective fields to his residence tucked away in the Himalayan mountains of Northern India to discuss the world’s problems and how we can solve them.
What transpired was unexpected and powerful, and was captured by an 18 person, 5 camera film crew. The Wakan Foundation for the Arts took its 18 person crew to India and shot more than 140 hours of video footage during the week-long meeting and exploration of the future of mankind– enough gripping and beautiful footage to make a powerful and cinematic documentary. The resulting feature-length documentary, “Dalai Lama Renaissance,” has already received a very positive response, and 11 International Film Awards, and will be widely released and distributed in the second half of 2008. The film features Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (from “What the Bleep Do We Know”), Dr. Michael Beckwith (from “ The Secret”), Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston, and several other luminaries. The film has beautifully filmed exotic scenery and Tibetan and Indian culture as a backdrop to this important meeting.
On the fourth day, a proposal to apply the ethical and spiritual principals from each discipline to applying pressure on China to allow for a free Tibet. The Dalai Lama cautioned everyone that positive change meant not harming anyone, even thousands of Chinese that may be affected by such an economic boycott.
The bottom line is that we all have to ‘free the Tibets’ within ourselves and promote human basic values.
The film allowed me to see a warm, friendly, wise, patient, astute man, who has a wonderful sense of humor and to learn why he is so respected.
As he says,”He is after all, “a simple Buddhist Monk”.
This is a fine film and worth seeing.