Movies & Documentaries
Here are some movies and documentaries that has been a great inspiration in my life.
TASHI & THE MONK
How Far Will Kindness Take You?
Lobsang Phuntsok is a Buddhist monk that received the honor of being trained under the guidance of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The objective was in order for him to share Tibetan Buddhism with the West. However, in 2006, he felt called to leave the United States and return to his birthplace to rescue unwanted children. To that end, he built a children’s community called The Garden of Love and Compassion or Jhamtse Gatsal. This haven is located in the remote foothills of the Himalayas.
THE TRUE STORY ABOUT A FALSE PROPHET
To record the documentary, American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi transformed himself into Sri Kumaré, an enlightened guru from a fictional village in India, by adopting a fake Indian accent and growing out his hair and beard. In the film, Kumaré travels to Arizona to spread his made-up philosophy and gain sincere followers.
A far-reaching implications about humanity's scientific and spiritual beliefs
Dr. Ian Gray (Michael Pitt), a molecular biologist studying the evolution of the eye, finds his work permeating his life after a brief encounter with an exotic young woman (Astrid Bergès-Frisbey) who slips away from him. As his research continues years later with his lab partner Karen (Brit Marling), they make a stunning scientific discovery that has far reaching implications and complicates both his scientific and spiritual beliefs. Traveling half way around the world, he risks everything he has ever known to validate his theory.
Meet the little voices inside your head
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
WILD WILD COUNTRY
THE STORY OF OSHO
The craziest thing on TV right now isn’t a fantasy show about dragons or even the daily news; it’s a documentary about a mostly forgotten cult in rural Oregon. Wild Wild Country chronicles the true story of how a Rolls-Royce–driving Indian guru moved his alleged sex cult to central Oregon in the 1980s. They wanted to form a spiritually enlightened city but ended up conducting the largest bioterror attack on U.S. soil. Voter fraud, bombings, orgies, and attempted assassinations all factor into one of the most gripping stories you’ll see this year. Seriously, go watch it! It’s a bizarre tale, but it’s also a well-made documentary that parcels out the twists while maintaining a human connection to people on both sides.