Washington D.C. Premiere of ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ on Feb 4


Dalai Lama Visits Washington During Feb 4 D.C. Film Premiere of ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ Documentary Film (narrated by Harrison Ford)

 Two new Dalai Lama Films, ‘Dalai Lama Awakening’ and ‘Compassion in Action,’ Directed by Khashyar Darvich, premiere in Washington D.C. on Feb 4 and New York City on Feb 5, as a part of a 100-city “Dalai Lama Double Feature” Film Tour

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 4, 2015 – Sometimes, you cannot plan the most perfect and auspicious timing, unless perhaps your film features the Dalai Lama.

The Office of Tibet in Washington D.C. announced that His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will be visiting Washington D.C. this week to attend the annual National Prayer Breakfast with President Obama on the morning of Feb 5.

The night before the Presidential breakfast, on February 4, Washington D.C. and the Angelika Pop-Up Cinema will be hosting the Washington Film Premiere of two new Dalai Lama Films, Dalai Lama Awakening (narrated by Harrison Ford) and Compassion in Action(www.DalaiLamaFilm.com), which will include an in-person Q&A with Director Khashyar Darvich.

“Sometimes,” says Director Khashyar Darvich, “you cannot plan what turns out to be the most perfect and auspicious timing.”

“Since the February 4 Washington D.C. Film Premiere was scheduled months ago,” Darvich says, “we did not know that His Holiness the Dalai Lama would be in Washington during that time for an unexpected visit and meeting with the President. His presence in Washington during the night of the Washington Film Premiere is a blessing, and will make the evening even more special for all who attend.”

The Washington D.C. Film Premiere is a part of a 100-city film tour, which takes the two films and filmmaker to New York City the following day for a Thursday, February 5 New York Theatrical Premiere at the Village East Cinema.

During one of Director Darvich’s interviews with the Dalai Lama, the Dalai Lama expressed: “Yes I like your questions. Certainly, your effort can make some contribution—there’s no doubt.”

Audiences and Critics who have seen Dalai Lama Awakening (which is narrated by actor Harrison Ford) have called the film “Brilliant,” “Illuminating” and “one of the best possible manifestations of spiritualism through Art.”

“Many films talk about how we need to become better people to make positive change in the world,” writes the Toronto Film Scene, “but few make the argument as convincing as this one. The presence of the Dalai Lama is what makes this film so powerful, and you can almost feel his kindness and love through the screen. If you’re searching for something to inspire you, look no further than this film.”

In a “5 Star” Review, 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.”

“Visually compelling, inspiring and thought-provoking,” writes Tom Richards of Surviving Ireland. “Darvich has put together a compelling, slow-burning documentary that… hits you on the way home.”

The Chinese Government has not given the film or filmmaker positive reviews. Writing about the film in its Communist newspaper, the People’s Daily: “in recent years, a wave of ‘Dalai Lama fever’ has appeared in the Western movie industry… describing the Chinese government’s peaceful liberation of Tibet as ‘cruel oppression,’ and depicting the Dalai Lama’s life in India as difficult… Some movies even advocate the Dalai Lama’s concept of [Tibetan] ‘independence.’”

Dalai Lama Awakening, which is a 15-year realization of a cinematic dream, 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 is 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 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), Radio Host and Author Thom Hartmann, Author Vicki Robin, Revolutionary Social Scientist Jean Houston and others.

To view the entire U.S.-Canada schedule, as well as the film trailers, please visit: www.DalaiLamaFilm.com

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