Thursday, November 22, 2012

Soul of Asia:Cinema & Mysticism Inagurated in 43rd IFFi 2012e

Soul of Asia Section Opens with Screening of ‘SAMSARA’ 

SOUL OF ASIA: Cinema & Mysticism, a special section introduced at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2012 from this year was inaugurated  with screening of the opening film SAMSARA. Directed by Pan Nalin and produced by Karl Baumgartner and Christoph Friedel , Samsara is a story of a Bhuddist monk’s quest for enlightenment. The protagonist’s life is similar to that of Prince Siddhartha. What is stronger-destiny or choices we make? Loaded with inner conflicts, the film maker roamed the exterior world…. Till one day, the story started flowing as would a natural spring. Located in the other-worldly landscapes of the Himalayas, this film traverses inner journeys: one man’s struggle to find enlightenment by renouncing his world. And one woman’s struggle to keep her enlightened love and life within her own world. Eternal conflict between the flesh and spirit challenge the Buddha’s feminist perspective, outlining parallel destinies. 
The vision is to screen India premiers of films made on themes of Asian philosophies and philosophers, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, Sufism and other ancient mystic and ascetic traditions of Asia.  

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