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FilmAwake: The Life Of Yogananda

Tuesday June 12th, 2018 at 9 PM


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Paola di Florio & Lisa Leeman · USA · 2014 · 87 mins · Unrated



“AN ABSOLUTE TREASURE and should not only be watched, but experienced." --The Movie Network

An unconventional biography about the Hindu Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s. Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic Autobiography of a Yogi, which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. (Apparently, it was the only book that Steve Jobs had on his iPad.) Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience (including Kirtan master Krishna Das and George Harrison of the Beatles), attracting many followers and inspiring the millions who practice yoga today.

Filmed over three years in 30 countries, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the limitations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography. The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs. The film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms.

AWAKE is ultimately the story of humanity itself: the universal struggle of all beings to free themselves from suffering and to seek lasting happiness. – PMK*BNC"COMPELLING… enough to make a modern soul look inwards." –New York Times