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Hawaii Welcomes Film Premiere of Two New Dalai Lama Films, narrated by actor Harrison Ford, with Director Q&A, from March 23 through March 31, in Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island
The Film Premieres of Dalai Lama Awakening (narrated by Harrison Ford) and Dalai Lama’s Compassion in Action begin with the Hawaiian Premiere on March 23 at the Kahala 8 Consolidated Theatres in Honolulu, and are a part of a 100-city U.S.-Canada “Dalai Lama Double Feature” Film Tour.
The new ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ film, which just completed a successful 36-city tour of England, Scotland and Ireland, and has enjoyed sold-out cinema screenings in the U.S., is the Director’s “15 year realization of a cinematic dream” and is receiving enthusiastic praise from critics and audiences around the world.
HONOLULU, HI – After having his award-winning films screen over 1,000 times in theaters around the world, win dozens of international awards, and feature such notable figures as H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama, Harrison Ford and poet Maya Angelou, Film Director Khashyar Darvich and his two newest documentary films featuring the 14th Dalai Lama, Dalai Lama Awakening (narrated by Harrison Ford) and Dalai Lama’s Compassion in Action (www.DalaiLamaFilm.com), visit Hawaii from Monday, March 23 – Tuesday, March 31 for its Hawaii Film Premiere on the islands of Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island.
“These two new Dalai Lama Documentary Films,” says Director Khashyar Darvich, “explore a rarely seen side of the Dalai Lama, including how he intimately transforms the minds, hearts and actions of the innovative thinkers featured in the film. Audiences during our sold out screenings across the U.S. and Europe have shared that the “Dalai Lama Double Feature” Film Tour offers a unique powerful experience of two Dalai Lama films that are both an ‘inner journey of personal transformation’ as well as a ‘call to action’.”
This special Hawaiian Film premiere of “Dalai Lama Double Feature” Film Tour begins on Monday, March 23 at the Kahala 8 Consolidated Theatres in Honolulu, and then screens in Maui and on the Big Island through March 31. There will be an audience Q&A and DVD signings after the screening and a chance to meet and speak with the Director. For tickets and information, visit: www.DalaiLamaFilm.com/events
The complete Hawaiian Film Tour schedule (including Director Q&A) is:
– Mon. March 23 – Honolulu (Oahu) – Consolidated Theatres – Kahala 8 – (6:30 p.m.)
– Wed. March 25 – Kahului (Maui) – Consolidated Theatres Kaahumanu 6 – (6:30 p.m.)
– Fri. March 27 – Honolulu (Oahu) – Unity Church of Hawai‘i – (‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ only) – (6:00 p.m.)
– Sat March 28 – Hilo (Big Island) – Hilo Palace Theater – (6:30 p.m.)
– Sun March 29 – Kealakekua (Big Island) – New Thought Center of Hawaii – (1:00 p.m.)
– Sun March 29 – Kealakekua (Big Island) – New Thought Center of Hawaii- (‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ only) – (7:00 p.m.)
– Mon March 30 – Kealakekua (Big Island) – New Thought Center of Hawaii- (‘Compassion in Action’ only) – (7:00 p.m.)
– Tues March 31 – Honokaa (Big Island) – Honokaa People’s Theatre – (7:00 p.m.)
Darvich recently returned from a successful 36-city film and Director Q&A tour of England, Scotland and Ireland, and is currently on a 100 city U.S.-Canada film tour.
The Dalai Lama Awakening Film is part of the “Dalai Lama Double Feature” Film Tour (and includes a second new Dalai Lama film, Dalai Lama’s Compassion in Action, and is experiencing enthusiastic success in cinemas and with audiences. Among the sold out screenings on this tour, the Merrill’s Roxy Cinema in Burlington, Vermont experienced the highest ticket presales for Director Darvich’s Dalai Lama Films in the history of the theater for a documentary film.
And as a result of the overwhelming audience response and success of the film, other cinemas and theater chains are scheduling the film for their audiences, including 8 cinemas in the Angelika Theater chain in the U.S., and the Harkin Theaters.
Dalai Lama Awakening, which is a 15-year realization of a cinematic dream, presents the profound and life-changing journey of innovative Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world’s problems. The result is an inner transformation of the participants, as well as what audiences report is a personal transformational experience for those who watch the film.
The new film was born from over 500 hours of video footage that was shot by 10 cinematographers over a 15 year period, and is a dramatically new “Poetic ReVision” and Director’s Cut of his award-winning Dalai Lama Renaissance which won 12 awards and screened over 1,000 times around the world.
Dalai Lama Awakening also features innovative thinkers such as Dr. Michael Beckwith (from The Secret), Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (from What the Bleep Do We Know), Radio Host and Author Thom Hartmann, Author Vicki Robin, Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston and others.
After one of Darvich’s interviews with the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama affirmed Darvich’s and Wakan Films’ motivations in producing films– “Yes I like your questions,” the Dalai Lama told Darvich, as the two were standing together talking after the interview. “Certainly, your effort can make some contribution—there’s no doubt.”
Audiences who have seen Dalai Lama Awakening (which is narrated by actor Harrison Ford) have called the film “Brilliant,” “Illuminating” and “one of the best possible manifestations of spiritualism through Art.”
In a “5 Star” Review, Examiner.com calls Dalai Lama Awakening “a beautiful and thought-provoking film… [Director] Darvich’s compassion and humanity is apparent… Note [the premiere] date because you will want to mark it on your calendar.”
“Many films talk about how we need to become better people to make positive change in the world,” writes the Toronto Film Scene, “but few make the argument as convincing as this one. The presence of the Dalai Lama is what makes this film so powerful, and you can almost feel his kindness and love through the screen. If you’re searching for something to inspire you, look no further than this film.”
“Visually compelling, inspiring and thought-provoking,” writes Tom Richards of ‘Surviving Ireland.’ “Darvich has put together a compelling, slow-burning documentary that… hits you on the way home.”
Also screening during the U.S.-Canada “Dalai Lama Double Feature” Film Tour from award-winning director Khashyar Darvich is his new film Dalai Lama’s Compassion in Action. Open your heart, be the change, & change the world. This powerful documentary, featuring the wisdom of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, received a very enthusiastic response during the recent sneak preview screenings. One audience member in London expressed at the Q&A that he was so moved, that he could not speak and needed time to process and assimilate what he saw and experienced.
You may view the trailer for Dalai Lama Awakening, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgiNutr0pig
New Cities and Screenings are being added to the “Dalai Lama Double Feature” Film Tour almost daily. The current film tour schedule is:
(screened in several cities)
– Jan 24 – Toronto, Ontario (Canada)
– Jan 25 – Hamilton, Ontario (Canada)
– Feb 1-30 – East Coast (U.S.) and Florida
– Feb 4 – Washington D.C.
– Feb 5 – New York City
– Feb 12 – Fairfax, VA
– Feb 15 – Winston-Salem, NC
– Feb 20,22 – Orlando, FL
– Feb 24 – Raleigh, NC
– Feb 28 – Tampa, FL
– March 1 – Citrus County, FL
– March 1-20 – Rocky Mountains, West Coast
– March 4 – Dallas, TX
– March 4-7 – Albuquerque, NM
– March 7 – Tucson, AZ
– March 8 – Phoenix, AZ
– March 10 – San Diego, CA
– March 12 – Sacramento, CA
– March 14 – Palm Springs, CA
– March 23-31 – Hawaii
– March 23 & 27 – Oahu, HI
– March 25 – Maui, HI
– March 28-31 – Hawaiian Big Island
– April 23 – Boulder, CO
– April 26 – London, ON, Canada
– May 2 – Santa Fe, NM
– June – San Francisco, CA
– July – August – U.K. and Ireland
– (more to be added soon)
To view the entire detailed screening and release schedule for the film, as well as receive the latest news, you may visit the film’s official website (http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DalaiLamaAwakening) , and Twitter account (http://www.Twitter.com/DalaiLamaFilm).
Other upcoming documentary films from Darvich and Wakan Films (www.wakan.com) include The Silence of Happiness (about deaf children in Sri Lanka who overcome unhappiness and limitations through dance), a documentary film Road to Happiness (about an American woman who walked 25,000 miles across America for peace beginning in 1953), Forgiving Buddha (about prison inmates who transform themselves through meditation and deep honesty, and other transformational films).
Additional venues and cities for film screenings and Q&As are being considered. Booking inquiries can be made to: Bookings (at) DalaiLamaFilm (dot) com.
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