OJAI, CA – Beautiful and mystical Ojai, California, 83 miles northwest of Los Angeles and known for the mysticism of Krishnamurti and where celebrities seek refuge from busy Hollywood, welcomes the new documentary film ‘Dalai Lama Awakening,’ that audiences are already calling “a shift in consciousness,” “transformational” and “preverbal.”
For two days only, the Ojai Playhouse in Ojai, CA hosts a Special Sneak Preview Screening of ‘Dalai Lama Awakening,’ the new film that features the 14th Dalai Lama and the narration of actor Harrison Ford. Both the Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25 screenings begin at 3 p.m., with a Director’s Q&A to follow afterwards.
Three-time Oscar-nominated actress Diane Ladd will introduce the film and its Director Khashyar Darvich at the Thursday, October 24 screening at the Ojai Playhouse. Diane Ladd is a widely acclaimed actress and writer, and first met Darvich at the Sedona Film Festival at a screening of Darvich’s previous documentary film, ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance,’ which went on to win 12 awards and screen over 1,000 times around the world.
‘Dalai Lama Awakening,’ which was 15 years in the making, 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.
The film also features innovative thinkers like Dr. Michael Beckwith (from ‘The Secret’), Quantum Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami (from ‘What the Bleep Do We Know’), Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston and others
“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.”
Audiences who have seen Advanced Screenings of ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ express that it is a profound, emotional and powerful film.
The first Special Sneak Preview Screenings and Q&As on the U.S. West Coast have been successful beyond what Director Darvich imagined, with sold-out screenings and audience members commenting that they have been profoundly moved by the film. 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.”
‘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.
This is an opportunity to see this powerful and cinematic “transformation of the heart,” and to participate in a Q&A with the film’s Director, before its World Premiere and wider 2014 international release.
For more information, or for tickets, you may call the Ojai Playhouse at: 805-646-1011, or visit their website, here: http://www.ojaiplayhouse.com
You may view the trailer for the film, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgiNutr0pig
The official website for the film, including a schedule of film screenings around the world, is: http://www.DalaiLamaFilm.com
The ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ Film Facebook page is: http://www.facebook.com/DalaiLamaAwakening
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