LOS ANGELES – Even though Dalai Lama Awakening’s World Premiere is not until 2014, the “15 year realization of a cinematic dream” and the new documentary film by filmmaker Khashyar Darvich is already receiving positive reviews and overwhelming praise from audiences.
In a recent review of the film, Bobby Spivey of 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.”
In 5 Advanced Special Sneak Preview screenings of the film in the United States in October, the audience response has been overwhelmingly positive in a way beyond what Director Darvich imagined:
One audience member in Ashland, Oregon shared during the Q&A that she “sobbed while watching the film.” In Portland, Oregon, another member of the audience shared “I was changed.” Another commented “I felt my whole being shift into compassion” and another that the film was “a journey of multi-dimensional beauty.” On the film’s Facebook page, someone who had watched the film wrote: “Truly a film of awakening. You will be moved.”
But Dalai Lama Awakening, which features His Holiness the Dalai Lama and features the narration of actor Harrison Ford, is a film that almost was not to be.
Darvich’s previous film was the successful and acclaimed Dalai Lama Renaissance, which won 12 awards and screened over 1,000 times around the world.
“When I was making ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance’,” says Director Khashyar Darvich, “‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ is the film that my heart and soul wanted to make. I was happy with the international success and impact of ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance,’ but we had to make some compromises in editing the film in order to meet the requirements of distributers.”
“But ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ is a film without compromise,” says Darvich. “It is something pure, fulfilling and complete– a heart-felt expression from the filmmaker’s poetic soul. This is the film that inspired me and moved me at the most profound level, so I know that it will deeply impact audiences as well.”
‘Dalai Lama Awakening,’ which 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’) and Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston, 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 was an inner transformation of the participants, as well as what audiences report is a personal transformational experience for those who watch the film.
Dalai Lama Awakening will have its official World Premiere in 2014 in several countries around the world simultaneously. The film and Director Darvich have already been invited for an extensive multi-city tour of the film through England, Scotland, Ireland in March and April 2014, as well as to Australia later that summer.
For an announcement of the 2014 World Premiere Date, and to find a film screening near you, please visit the film’s official website at: http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com ,and visit its Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/DalaiLamaAwakening
You may watch the film trailer, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgiNutr0pig
Examiner.com’s review of Dalai Lama Awakening: http://www.examiner.com/review/awakening-to-the-message-of-the-dalai-lama
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