International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
2012 has introduced a special 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 generations.
The Eastern Mysticism Section celebrates
spirituality, integral to our part of the globe. Films like the
Buddha, Confucius, Light of Asia, Samsara, Mystic Iran: The Unseen
World, the Burmese Harp and The Great Pilgrim are some of the
acclaimed entries in this section.