Director: Yuqi Kang
2017, Canada/ Nepal , 92 min, Hindi, Nepali, Tibetan
A Little Wisdom is an observationally nuanced portrait of the lives of orphaned young monks living in an isolated Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Buddha. Through the eyes of Hopakuli, a young novice monk, we search for transcendent insights on the relationships between brothers, between friends, between teachers and student, and perhaps most importantly, between the rough and tumble lives of adolescent boys and the austere religious environment they call home.
Friday , October 26, 12:30 pm
Saturday, October 27, 2:30pm
Director: Maayan Arad
2017, United Kingdom/ India, 42min,
The Dalai Lama recently decreed that all nuns should be allowed to attain the same level of education as their male counterparts. As twenty senior nuns prepare to receive their Geshema degrees, the first group of their kind, Chomo, a cheerful young Indian nun is in the midst of her own journey. High up in India's Himalayan mountain range, Chomo and other exiled Tibetans, live out days filled with meditation, study, hard work and laughter. But as the women look forward to their changing roles in their community, they can't forget about the lives, and women, they left behind
Friday , October 26, 12:30 pm
Saturday, October 27, 12:30pm
Director: - Luc Côté
2018/ United States, 86min, English, Heb Sub
How do we heal our deepest wounds? FROM SHOCK TO AWE follows the transformational journey of two combat veterans suffering from severe trauma as they abandon pharmaceuticals to seek relief from the mind-expanding world of psychedelics.
Thursday, October 25, 4:15pm
Friday , October 26, 2:30 pm
Saturday, October 27, 10:00am
Director: - Shubhashish Bhutiani
India 2017, 102 min, Hindi, Heb sub
Principal Cast: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh
Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) is a touching Indian film about a father and son, carrying depth and meaning in unexpected places. Rajiv accompanies his father Daya to the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, where he hopes to die and attain salvation. Daya checks into the Mukti Bhawan, a hotel exclusively for those hoping to end their days there, based on real guest houses where the inhabitants seek spiritual liberation. Full of Hindu imagery and Indian culture, Hotel Salvation is a beautiful story of life and loss that celebrates love and relationships and reminds us of true connection's meaning. Laugh and cry as you learn to love Daya in the last 15 days of his life.
Friday , October 26, 4:00 pm
Friday, October 26, 9:30pm
Saturday, October 27, 4:45pm
Director: Dechen Roder
2017 Bhutan, Dzongkha with English/heb subtitles , 132 min , Drama
Cast: Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk ,Sonam Tashi Choden ,Kunga T. Dorji ,Cencho Dorji ,Deki Yangchen
This first feature by Bhutanese Dechen Roder is a feminist twist on film noir. A woman goes missing from a small village, policeman Kinley is put on the case, and his number one suspect is sexy Choden. But the missing woman is the abbess of a Buddhist nunnery, and there are some forces at work beyond the obvious. Choden regales Kinley with legends about enlightened female deities fighting social oppression—stories he dismisses as "rumors," given that he eyes Buddhist murals with suspicion rather than awe.
Vividly filmed by cinematographer Jigme Tenzing, this is a beautiful and provocative journey into contemporary Bhutan, the last Buddhist kingdom.
Friday , October 26, 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 27, 8:00pm
Director: Georgia Wyss
2017/ Spain/ France, Greece, India, United Kingdom, United States, 75 min,
English, Tibetan, Heb sub
MANTRA – SOUNDS INTO SILENCE explores the new music and social phenomenon of chanting. The film shares the stories of people who are finding healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras together with others just like them. It’s a film about spirituality not religion, it’s about people reconnecting with their true selves and with others. As our characters’ stories about their connection to the music unfold, we meet the musicians who have inspired them and brought them together. Through these encounters, we will discover how Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Lama Gyurme, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi and others came to this music themselves and to the practice of “Kirtan”, and how, over the years, it transformed their lives.
Friday , October 26, 7:45 pm
Saturday, October 27, 9:15pm
Director in attendance
Director:Eric Georgeault, Helene Walter
2018, USA, FRANCE, 77min , English, Heb Sub
May I Be Happy reveals the significance of mindfulness practice in transforming the lives of young people.
Through poetic cinematography and sequences of teachers leading sensitive or boisterous practices to kids from different backgrounds, the film brings awareness to the benefits of mindfulness as a way out of violence and suffering, and as an attainable solution for younger generations.
Covering varying approaches to mindfulness by a range of dedicated educators in the San Francisco Bay Area, May I Be Happy reminds us of children's natural capacity for wellbeing, resilience and happiness.
Friday , October 26, 1:00 pm
Director in attendance
Friday, October 26, 7:45pm
Saturday, October 27, 2:00pm
Director: Jeremy Frindel
2018 USA/ INDIA, 89min , English and Marathi, Heb Sub
THE DOCTOR FROM INDIA is a meditative and immersive portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who first brought the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda from India to the west in the late 1970s. Integrating his gifts as both a healer and a mystic, Dr. Lad has dedicated his life to sharing what is considered the oldest healthcare system on earth in the complex medical landscape of the United States. This is the beautiful and inspiring story of a man who has for decades been quietly at the center of a revolutionary movement to change the way we care for our bodies and our spirits.
featuring Deepak Chopra, Robert Svoboda, David Frawley, and Claudia Welch.
Friday , October 26, 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 27, 10:30am
Director: Arun Bhattarai, Dorottya Zurbó
2017, Bhutan, 74 min, Dzongkha, Heb Sub
In a remote village in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, Gyembo (16) and Tashi (15) aimlessly roam while their father meticulously polishes the ancient relics inside the altar of their family monastery. This family has been taking care of the monastery from one generation to the next for thousands of years. Following tradition, the father wants his son Gyembo to carry on the family heritage but he has other desires just like his sister. The film through bittersweet micro-situations takes us inside a Bhutanese family where the contrasting dreams of two generations are caught in a time clash.
Thursday, October 25, 6:00pm
Friday , October 26, 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 27, 3:30pm
Director: Grant Korgan, Brian Niles
USA 2018, 85 min, English, Heb Sub
This inspirational Documentary follows the story of Grant Korgan who, just five months after marrying the love of his life, burst-fractured his L1 vertebrae while filming a snowmobiling segment in the Sierra Nevada Back Country. In an instant, this Lake Tahoe native, nanoscientist, andextreme athlete had added the world of spinal cord injury recovery to his list of pursuits.
Despite his prognosis, that he would never walk again, both he and wife Shawna focused on the goal of 120% recovery with extraordinary drive and tenacity.
On January 17, 2012, along with two seasoned explorers, Grant attempted the insurmountable, and became the first spinal cord injured athlete to literally PUSH himself, nearly 100 miles (the final degree of latitude), to the most inhospitable place on the planet – the bottom of the globe, the geographic South Pole.
Thursday , October 25, 9:00 pm
Friday, October 26, 9:00pm
Director: Abby Epstein
2018 / United States, 94min, English, Heb Sub English
Cannabis has been off-limits to doctors and researchers in the US for the past 80 years, but recently scientists have discovered its anti-cancer properties. Armed with only these laboratory studies, desperate parents obtain cannabis oil from underground sources to save their children from childhood cancers. “Weed the People” follows these families through uncharted waters as they take their children’s survival into their own hands. Some of their miraculous outcomes beget the unsettling question at the heart of the film: If weed is truly saving lives, why doesn’t the government want people to access it?
Friday , October 26, 10:00 pm
Saturday, October 27, 6:00pm
Director: Werner Penzel
2016/ Switzerland/Germany/ Japan, 100min , English/ Japanese / German, Heb Sub
Tucked away in the mountains on the west coast of Japan is the Zen Monastery Antaiji. A young woman from Switzerland leaves her job and her family behind and sets off to immerse herself in the adventure of monastic life from autumn to spring.
Thursday, October 25, 4:00 pm
Friday , October 26, 3:15 pm
Saturday, October 27, 11:00am
Director: Ofer Inov
2018/ Israel, 50min , Hebrew, Eng Sub
Dr. Ilan Amit, a spiritual teacher, mathematician, writer and head of a top-secret strategic team in Israel’s security system. Dr. Amit followed and taught Gurdjief’s “Inner work” and kept a non-compromising search for an authentic spiritual path. At the same time Dr. Amit maintained a deep involvement in the pioneer experience of the young state of Israel.
Dr. Amit saw "Presence" a key value for human meaningful existence. After becoming blind at the age of 47, he started to and practice Tai-chi and kept to it for over twenty years. His blindness led him to a unique spiritual approach that later developed into an independent path.
Saturday, October 27, 13:15pm
Director: Yossi Ashdot
2018/ Israel, 54min , Hebrew,
An inspiring & spiritual journey throughout Israel from sunrise to sunset of the same day revealing Kabbalah secrets & the fascinating story of the Rabbi Admor of Sitre Haim. These secrets have led the rabbi to discover THE TIKKUN HA-LAMED OF THE HA’ARI HAKADOSH. Thetikkun (which means amending) includes the emotional & empowering journey venturing from North to South of the Land of Israel in order to enhance divine light while attracting spiritual & materialistic abundance. A universal story that can be related to by audiences worldwide.
Thursday, October 25, 6:00 pm
Director: Ruby Yang
2018/ Hong Kong, 57min , Tibetan,English, Heb sub
On any given day on the vast Tibetan Plateau, you will find nomads herding their yaks and sheep, and monks reciting their mantras. You will also find them playing one of their favorite sports — basketball.
Makeshift courts are found in nearly every village. Next to traditional horseback riding, basketball has become a way for young men to work off their aggression and channel their energy. With the introduction of televised NBA games, the nomads of Ritoma have a new strategy for their court game. And when a proper coach arrives from the United States, slam-dunk becomes their new mantra.
A new tournament has been announced, the first in their region. Can they put together a team that’s good enough to take part? Might they even be able to win?
Friday, October 26, 10:15 am
Saturday, October 27, 7:45 pm