SOUL OF ASIA: Cinema &
Mysticism, a special section introduced at International Film Festival
of India (IFFI) 2012 from this year was inaugurated here today with
screening of the opening film SAMSARA. 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. How do you prevent a drop of water from every drying
IFFI-2012 has introduced this section from this year titled- SOUL OF
ASIA: Cinema & Mysticism. 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. Briefing the media here, the
Festival Director Shri Shankar Mohan said, it will be a collective
endeavour to evolve the SOUL OF ASIA section at IFFI so as to share
mutual knowledge that touches the soul of mankind.
From India’s point of view, from the beginning of her history, it has
adored and idealized not soldiers and statesmen, not men of science and
leaders of industry, not even poets and philosophers, but those rarer
and more chastened spirits, whose greatness lies in what they are and
not in what they do; men who have stamped infinity on the thought and
life of the country, men who have added to the invisible forces of
goodness in the world.
He said, a new humanism is on the horizon and the supreme task of our
generation is to give a soul to the growing world consciousness, to
develop ideals and institutions necessary for the creative expression of
the world soul, to transmit these loyalties and impulses to future
The Eastern Mysticism Section celebrates spirituality, integral to our
part of the globe. Films like the Buddha, Confucius, Light of Asia,
Mystic Iran: The Unseen World, the Burmese Harp and The Great Pilgrim
are some of the other acclaimed entries in this section.
(Release ID :89197)