"Dalai Lama Renaissance" has its U.S. theatrical premiere on May 23
at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco
“Dalai Lama Renaissance”, narrated by Harrison Ford, Premieres
Theatrically in U.S. on May 23
Documentary is the first theatrical film about the
Dalai Lama in U.S. since international spotlight on China and Tibet
“What the Bleep Do We Know” Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and
Amit Goswami, Michael Beckwith from “The Secret”, and Air America
radio host Thom Hartmann are among those appearing.
LOS ANGELES (RUSHPRNEWS) May 7, 2008 – “Dalai Lama Renaissance” (www.DalaiLamaFilm.com),
an award-winning 80 minute documentary film narrated by actor
Harrison Ford, holds its U.S. theatrical premiere on May 23 in
“Dalai Lama Renaissance,” produced and directed by Khashyar
Darvich, is the first film about the Dalai Lama and Tibet to open
theatrically in the United States since the international spotlight
placed on China for its firm handling of Tibetan protestors speaking
out against Chinese policies in Tibet.
San Francisco recently experienced protests over the running of
the Olympic torch in the city, a few months before the Summer
Olympic Games, which are scheduled to begin in Beijing on August 8.
In the documentary, the Dalai Lama discusses the calls for
economic sanctions against China, and emphasizes that he could not
support economic sanctions towards China since it would hurt the
ordinary Chinese poor.
The film features two of the starring quantum physicists from the
hit theatrical documentary “What the Bleep Do We Know,” Physicists
Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Goswami. Also appearing in “Dalai Lama
Renaissance” are Michael Beckwith (who appears in the film “The
Secret” with Wolf), Air America radio host Thom Hartmann, and
The film tells the story of 40 Western innovative thinkers who
travel to India in the Himalayan Mountains to meet with the Dalai
Lama to solve many of the world’s problems. What happened was
surprising and unexpected, and was captured by a five camera, and an
eighteen person crew.
“Dalai Lama Renaissance” opens one day after the premiere of
Harrison Ford’s “Indiana Jones 4,” which opens internationally on
May 22, and is only among a small handful of documentaries that Ford
has chosen to narrate during his career.
"I narrated Dalai Lama Renaissance,” says Harrison Ford,
“because I believe His Holiness is making a positive influence in
our world. For me, the film represented an opportunity to continue
assisting the optimistic efforts of an extraordinary individual.”
In 1995, Ford spoke to the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations
Committee about Chinese policy in Tibet:
Ford told the Congressional panel: “The Tibetan struggle is no
ordinary freedom struggle. It is a path of non-violence. As an
American who cares deeply about justice, freedom and democracy, I
can tell you that this is a cause that touches at the core of our
own values. It is about the survival of a people who seek only to
democratically determine their own government, to have the freedom
to practice their own religion without interference, and to bring up
their children in a safe environment where they can be proud of
their unique heritage.”
“Dalai Lama Renaissance” premieres theatrically in the United
States on May 23 in San Francisco at the Roxie Theater, and in Santa
Fe, New Mexico at the Santa Fe Film Center. On May 29, the film
screens theatrically at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado,
and then begins a theatrical run in Portland in June. It is expected
to play in several additional cities across the U.S.
On October 8, the film opens theatrically in Germany, Austria and
Switzerland, and will be released in Holland and Belgium in
November. It is expected to be released in several other countries
around the world before the end of the year.
“Dalai Lama Renaissance” has won 12 film festival awards, and is
the official selection of 38 film festivals around the world, where
it consistently has attracted sold out audiences.
Renaissance" to be released theatrically in Germany by HORIZON Film
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday March 21, 2008
BERLIN – The feature documentary film about the Dalai Lama, “Dalai
Lama Renaissance” (narrated by Harrison Ford), is being theatrically
released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by distributor Horizon
Film Gmbh, during the second half of 2008. It is also receiving a
U.S. Theatrical release this year.
There is a historic moment in “Dalai Lama Renaissance” where the
Dalai Lama considers and discusses the idea of economic sanctions
against China for the first time on camera. And yet, he emphasizes
that he would not support economic action that would hurt the
ordinary Chinese people.
"Dalai Lama Renaissance (www.DalaiLamaFilm.com)
has won 10 awards at film festivals around the world, and is the
official selection of 35 international film festivals. It is
screened for sold out festival audiences throughout the world.
The 80 minute documentary tells the story of forty
of the world’s most innovative thinkers who travel to
Himalayan Mountains to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the
world’s problems. What happened was surprising and unexpected.
Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, the film also features Quantum
Physicists Fred Alan Wolf and Amit Gowami from “What the Bleep Do We
Know,” and Michel Beckwith and Fred Alan Wolf from “the Secret.”
"I narrated ‘Dalai Lama Renaissance,’” says Harrison Ford, “because
I believe His Holiness is making a positive influence in our world.
For me, the film represented an opportunity to continue assisting
the optimistic efforts of an extraordinary individual.” Ford is also
starring in “Indian Jones 4,” which is directed by Stephen Spielberg
and will be released on
May 22, 2008.
After one of Producer-Director Khashyar 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.”
Horizon Film also distributed the film "What the Bleep Do We Know"
and "The Secret" in Germany. Horizon Film concentrates on
distributing two or three films per year in Germany, and only films
that they feel passionately about, says Horizon Films President Udo
There is also strong interest and offers from several other foreign
distributors to release "Dalai Lama Renaissance" in other
territories throughout the world.
March 18, 2008:
NEW "Dalai Lama Renaissance" Online Community
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January 28, 2008:
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" plays to sold
out audiences, and wins its 9th film festival award:
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" plays to sold out audiences at
Minnesota's Frozen River Film Festival, and wins the
festivals sole People's Choice Award.
The film was the opening night film at the festival, and the
opening night screening filled the theater as about 1,000 audience
members watched the film that night.
Because of the popularity of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" at the
festival, and as a result of audience requests, "Dalai Lama
Renaissance" was scheduled for two additional screenings for a total
of three. The second screening of the film was also sold out, with
audiences choosing to sit on the floor in the isles of the theater
so that they could watch the fiilm.
December 15, 2007:
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" wins TWO more
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" has won two more film festival awards within the past week,
bringing the total number of awards won to 8 film festival awards since June 2007.
“Dalai Lama Renaissance” recently won:
1) Grand Jury Special Prize at the
Barbados International Film Festival in the island nation of
2) At the Monaco International Film Festival in Monte
Carlo, Monaco, we were surprised to learn that "Dalai Lama
Renaissance" won a second award at the festival. Along with the
Best Documentary Film Award, which we were informed about in
advance, the film also won the festival's Peace Award for
October 12, 2007:
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" wins FOUR festival
award in one week.
The film has won four festival awards within the past week,
three awards within the past two days, and a total of six festival
awards won since June 2007.
This morning, we learned that “Dalai Lama Renaissance” has won:
1) Audience Award – Best Documentary Film at the
Moondance International Film Festival at Universal Studios in
Los Angeles. This is the second award that we won at that festival
(along with a Best Feature documentary Award there).
2) At the Global Peace Film Festival in Koshinomiyako,
Japan, our film won the "KoshinoMiyako Award". “Dalai Lama
Renaissance” was the only non-Asian film to win an award at the
Less than a week ago, “Dalai Lama Renaissance” also won:
3) Best Documentary Film Award at the Monaco
International Film Festival in Monte Carlo (the film was only
one of seven films invited to attend the festival).
4) Best Feature Award at the Canada International Film
Festival (this means that “Dalai Lama Renaissance” was judged as
the best feature length film from among all of the narrative and
documentary feature length films).
Review of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" - Kyoto Journal
The "Tibet Within" – DALAI LAMA RENAISSANCE – at Global Peace Film
Festival Japan Oct 5-7
Jean Miyake Downey, Kyoto Journal
DALAI LAMA RENAISSANCE
will be one of the films screened at the
Peace Film Festival Japan
Oct 5-7 in Koshinomiyako. The
trailer is wonderful to view, if you can't get
to one of the festivals showing this film.
This is a revelatory documentary about the "Everyman" journey from
egocentric consciousness to something more sublime. The film follows
forty global experts in their fields who traveled to Dharamsala to
advise the Dalai Lama. The first scenes reveal a hilariously
clashing hootenanny of mild-mannered Engaged Buddhists, solemn
Catholics, gabby physicists intent on demonstrating the convergence
of quantum physics with ultimate reality, New Agers dressed in
purple, social change visionaries, and progressive economists, all
engaged in "synthesizing" and "witnessing" brain-storming to collect
all their brilliant ideas to present to the fourteenth Dalai Lama.
This well-educated and well-mannered group then revolted against
their endlessly patient facilitators, in a gray-haired inverse
variation of the "Lord of the Flies." Throughout the chaos that
ensued, each player was shown as confronting her or his own ego, as
much as they confronted the facilitators and fellow participants.
Their conflicts with each other, and most of all, with their own
egos were actually uplifting, as they struggled to be truthful and
respectful while their "bubbling over" clashed with the
facilitators' attempts to create some order out of the unwieldy
explosion of dialogue.
Then something broke open.
Tenzin Gyatso, who kept referred to himself as nothing but a "simple
monk," spoke." And, what he said, and the way he said it sounded
like a clear, clear bell that shattered all the clashing mental
abstractions, and brought attention back to the human level... I
thought I was viewing a
shaktipat moment as I
saw the transformations of the participants simply becoming more of
who they really are, as whatever was obscuring their inner radiance
fell away. i actually felt as if I was feeling some of that myself,
as if these wonderful shaktipat energies were emanating from the
small movie screen I was watching, to me, my friend who was watching
with me, and all the people around us.
Compassion. Joy. Happiness. Even while suffering in participation
and/or witness with and struggling to address the world's problems.
This is a beautiful and fresh window on the Dalai Lama, and what we
in the world who care can do for Tibet and Tibetans. Before the film
started, I was apprehensive I would hear all the same-old records
about the plight of Tibetan Buddhists, and although I support the
Dalai Lama's and all Tibetans cause, from the bottom of my heart, I
can't help but partly tune out when I hear the worn-out views.
However, this film was startlingly original. I know so many of
Tenzin Gyatso's words by heart by now, but in this documentary, it
all sounded so new to me, as if hearing his wisdom for the first
To share with my media friends, I wrote what the Dalai Lama said
media people ought to aim for in their writing: "to promote
clearly basic human values." He spoke about supporting and
loving Chinese people, at the same time supporters of Tibet
encourage the Chinese government to open to rapprochement towards a
win-win solution for Tibetans and Chinese. It's not either-or,
except at the level of egocentricity, in his view. As Einstein said,
we can't solve problems at the same level of consciousness that
Some of the participants talked about the importance of our getting
in touch with our "Inner Tibets." I disagreed with the view that we
have a choice of addressing either an 'inner" or "outer" Tibet. I
have always believed that profound personal journeys go in both
directions, and I see many "Tibets" throughout the world, as well as
within every person.
My friend Morley Robertson also talks about the 'Tibet Within" in an
original, fresh, and beautiful way at his start-up experimental
multiple media (video, music, and diary) blog on travels through
"This web site "Tibetronica" will also be a journey along the time
axis. Various ideas will evolve from scratch and become embodied
through experimentation and research, finally into a complete (or
incomplete) piece. I aim to make the entire process as transparent
as I can. Trying to break away from clichés and my own
preconceptions about Tibet, I will carry on with my experiments.
"The early phase of this project will be an attempt to travel to the
'Tibet within'. If there is indeed a secret land inside, I would
like to look for it, before I leave home for the Tibet that is far
The journey and film also reminded me of
Kamenetz' The Jew in the Lotus, his
allegorical account of the 1990 pilgrimage that a group of American
Jewish leaders made to Dharamsala to advise the Dalai Lama on how to
support the survival of Tibetans and Tibetan culture in indefinite
exile. Their archetypal journey led to much more than the ostensible
goals they were seeking, as well, for both the Tibetans and the
Jewish teachers involved, and for so many who were touched by the
ripple effects of their experience. Kamenetz himself has morphed
from a nervous on-the-sidelines chronicler of the Tibetan-Jewish
pilgrimage to a guide of the inner pilgrimage, in his new book
released this fall,
The History of Last Night's Dream,
a luminous book infused with Tibetan, kabbalistic, and Jungian
wisdom, also with fascinating reader input gleaned from Rodger's
Om mani padme hum.
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"Dalai Lama Renaissance" wins TWO "BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM" film
festival awards within one week in September
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" won a "Best Feature Documentary Film"
award at the Moondance International Film Festival at
Universal Studios in Los Angeles on
One week later, "Dalai Lama Renaissance" won
the "Audience Award- Best Documentary" at the Big Bear
International Film Festival in Big Bear, California, on
52nd Cork Film Festival (in Ireland) accepts "DLR" to their Film Festival
(October 14-21, 2007)
Cork Film Festival (in Ireland -
www.corkfilmfest.org ) has accepted "Dalai Lama
Renaissance" to their festival this year (October 14-21). The
Cork Film Festival is the
largest and most prestigious film festival in Ireland, and an
internationally respected and recognized showcase for world cinema.
Taos Mountain Film Festival (in New Mexico) accepts "DLR" to their Film Festival
(October 5-7, 2007)
Mountain Film Festival (in New Mexico -
www.mountainfilm.net ) has accepted "Dalai Lama
Renaissance" to their festival this year (October 5-7).
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" sells out its four screenings at the
Montreal World Film Festival
All four of "Dalai Lama Renaissance"'s screenings at the Montreal
World Film Festival were sold out. The Festival Box Office had to
turn away several people who wanted to see the film, and we are told
that it will probably be one of only a handful of films to receive
an additional TBA on the very last day of the festival.
After the screenings, I was told by audience members
during the Q&A that there were several people who were touched and
had tears running down their face.
Review of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" -
Montreal World Film Festival
John Griffin, Montreal Gazette
MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL - Khashyar Darvich is another serene
soul at the fest. Though punchy from the red-eye from L.A. with his
co-editor, Robert McFalls, the director-producer of Dalai Lama
Renaissance radiates mindful thinking. Maybe it's the subject.
Darvich's fascinating, ravishingly beautiful and sonically
soothing documentary concerns a journey made by 40 innovative
Western thinkers to the Dalai Lama's home in the Indian Himalayas
just before the new millennium. Their mission was nothing less than
synthesizing new ways to fix the world. What unfolds isn't what they
expected, but what His Holiness had figured all along. Ego. It's a
Intercut with the New Age-y speech and cat fights are genuine
unassuming pearls of wisdom delivered by the chuckling, child-like
Dalai Lama, and some accounts of events that led him into exile
after the Chinese invasion of Tibet in 1951. Together, they make a
provocative, even enlightening, film.
"I had done an earlier interview with the Dalai Lama and was
recommended to this group. I had less than eight weeks to find a
crew of 18, secure financing, and make the hard trip through India
in the rainy season to a place where the power went out every five
Miraculously, Darvich shot 140 hours of film which he and McFalls
whittled down to 80 minutes. Harrison Ford narrates.
"Everyone has the ability to make the world better. The only way
this film was worth all the time and effort was to have it serve
humanity and the world."
Dalai Lama Renaissance screens at Quartier Latin today at 4 p.m.
and tomorrow at 5:40 p.m.
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Montreal World Film Festival accepts "DLR" to their Film Festival
(August 23 - Sept 3, 2007)
Montreal World Film Festival (www.ffm-montreal.org), has accepted "Dalai Lama Renaissance" to their
festival this year (August 23 - September 3, 2007). The Montreal
World Film Festival is the third largest film festival in the world,
with over 350,000 audience members attending the festival. "Dalai
Lama Renaissance" is scheduled for four screenings, on August 25,
26, 27 and 28.
Rome International Film Festival accepts "DLR" to their Film Festival
(September 6-9, 2007))
International Film Festival (www.riff.tv
- Rome, Georgia), has accepted "Dalai Lama Renaissance" to their
festival this year (September 6-9, 2007)
Queens International Film Festival (in NY) accepts "DLR" to their Film Festival
(November 8-11, 2007)
International Film Festival (in New York -
www.queensfilmfestival.com ) has accepted "Dalai Lama
Renaissance" to their festival this year (November 8-11).
Global Peace Film Festivals in Orlando, FL and Japan accept "DLR" to their Film Festival
The Global Peace Film Festivals (www.peacefilmfest.org)
in both Orlando, Florida (September 26-30, 2007) and Koshinomiyako,
Japan (October 5 - 7, 2007), have accepted "Dalai Lama Renaissance"
to their festivals .
Rhode Island International Film Festival accepts "DLR" to their festival (August
7 - 12, 2007)
The Rhode Island
International Film Festival (www.film-festival.org)
has accepted "Dalai Lama Renaissance" to their 2007 film festival
Chris Gore, author of
The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide,
says of the festival:
of the top 10 Short Film Festivals and Top 10 International Film
Festivals in the United States.
The RIIFF provides the kind of intimate festival experience that
will change your life. Don’t miss it. "
It is the largest
film festival in New England (Northeast United States), with over
22,000 audience members attending.
Sedona Film Festival accepts "DLR" to their festival (February
27 - March 2, 2008)
Film Festival (www.sedonafilmfestival.com)
has accepted "Dalai Lama Renaissance" to their 2008 film festival.
Frozen River Film Festival accepts "DLR" to their Film Festival
(January 24-27, 2008)
festival directors of the "Frozen River Film Festival" (www.frff.org/)
near St. Paul, Minnesota saw the film at the Telluride MountainFilm
Festival, felt inspired and moved, and invited me to personally
present "Dalai Lama Renaissance" at their festival in January 2008.
The festival attracts an audience of over 3,000. The festival takes
place from January 24-27, 2008
April 29, 2007:
Prestigious FilmFest Munich (FilmFest Muenchen) accepts "DLR"
into their 2007 festival
FilmFest Muenchen (FilmFest
http://www.filmfest-muenchen.de/ ) accepts "Dalai Lama
Renaissance" into their prestigious 2007 film festival, which takes
place from June 22-30, 2007.
A list of some of
the prominent celebrities and industry people who have attended or
have been featured at the FilmFest
Muenchen (which is Germany’s leading
summer film festival that attracted over 65,000 movie
goers, and over 600 international
De Niro (Actor);
Leonardo DiCaprio (Actor);
Levinson (Director); Spike Lee (Director); Roman Polanski
(Director); Jean-Luc Goddard (Director); Susan Sarandon (Actress);
Wenders (Director); Werner Herzog
(Director); Terry Gilliam; Audrey Hepburn (Actress);
Forman (Director); Roger Corman
(Director); Robert Wise (Director); Ron Bass (Screenwriter);
Jacqueline Bisset (Actress); Maximilian
Schell (Actor); Barbara Hershey (Actress); John
Milius (Director); Jennifer Beals
April 28, 2007:
Quantum Physicist Fred Alan Wolf and Evolutionary Biologist
Elisabet Sahtouris to attend premiere "DLR" screening at Telluride
Mountain Film on May 26, 2007 at 10:30 a.m.
and Author Fred Alan Wolf,
and Evolutionary Biologist and Author
Elisabet Sahtouris, will
attend the festival premiere of "Dalai Lama Renaissance" at the
Telluride Mountain Film Festival on May 26, 2007 at 10:30 a.m., at
the historic Nugget Theater in downtown Telluride. (The film
festival's schedule is posted here:
Also appearing in-person at the festival are: Producer-Director
Co-Producer David Mueller, and
other characters featured in "Dalai Lama Renaissance."
April 18, 2007:
Telluride MountainFilm Festival premieres "Dalai Lama
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" will have it's film festival premiere at
the Telluride MountainFilm Festival (www.mountainfilm.org)
in Telluride, Colorado on Saturday May 26, 2006. There will a Q&A
after the screening, and we anticipate another screening of the film
to be schedule on Monday May 28.
We are also submitting the film to several other prominent world
February 19, 2007:
Newspaper and news websites around the world mention "Dalai Lama
The February 19, 2007,
newspapers and online news agencies around the world published an
article (from a news feed of the "Indo-Asian
News Service") that mentions the "Dalai Lama
Renaissance" documentary. Here is one example that was published in
the Hindustan Times:
1999, legendary director Martin Scorsese made a film on him - "In
search of Kundun" - and this year has seen the release of another
documentary "Dalai Lama Renaissance" with a narration by actor
February 14, 2007:
"DLR" Producer-Director Khashyar Darvich interviewed in the
"European Documentary Portal"
An interview with
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" Producer-Director Khashyar Darvich has been
published in the "European Documentary Portal (www.documentaryportal.com).
The interview contains a few questions and answers about the film,
and can be found here:
February 11, 2007:
Most popular Harrison Ford website posts articles about "Dalai
HarrisonFordWeb, the most popular Harrison
Ford website, posts article on their front about "Dalai Lama
Renaissance," and Harrison Ford's narration of the film. The
HarrisonFordWeb.com discussion forum has also opened discussion
threads about the documentary. "Dalai Lama Renaissance" is also
listed on IMDB.com (www.imdb.com/title/tt0953363/),
January 28, 2007:
Dalai Lama Talks DVD
We have decided to produce a companion
DVD of talks of the Dalai Lama from our trip to India filming
"Dalai Lama Renaissance." There was so many talks by His Holiness the
Dalai Lama that we could not possibly fit in the documentary, that we
decided to create a companion DVD to share those positive moments with everyone who
was not able to be there in person.
Producing CD of the soundtrack to "Dalai Lama
"Dalai Lama Renaissance" documentary Sound
Designer and Music Producer Michel Tyabji is Producing a Music CD
soundtrack companion to the "Dalai Lama Renaissance" documentary, that is
expected to be released internationally about the middle of this year (2007).