Kalachakra – L’éveil (France / India)


Genre Documentary
Director Natalie Fuchs
Screenplay Natalie Fuchs
Starring Tenzin Norzom, Nepal Tamang (Jampa), Tenzin Khetsun, Natalie Fuchs
Voiceover Uma Thurman
Length 83 min
Countries France/ India
US release US Premiere

Q&A with Natalie Fuchs

Sunday, April 29 – 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Bow Tie Cinemas, Greenwich, CT

Synopsis
Immersed in the colorful and vibrant setting of Dharamsala (India), Natalie Fuchs and 3 individuals from very different backgrounds come together to face their deepest fears, as they approach the transformational power of the Kalachakra initiation, led by the Dalai Lama and followed by millions. Kalachakra is the most sacred teaching in Tibetan buddhism; the initiation is generally given over 11 days. There are seven days of preparation rituals during which the monks make the mandala. The ceremony ends when the monks release the positive energy of the mandala into the everyday world through a final ritual. Kalachakra means “wheel of time.” Rarely filmed, this initiation has long remained secret. The Dalai Lama gives it for peace in the world. Through this film, we enter an ancient and unknown dimension, where death meets life, and we are changed forever.

REVIEWS
Voyage au coeur d’une culture en danger mais aussi blessure intime et documentaire d’une réalisatrice sur le rituel d’une initiation le plus élevé du bouddhisme tibétain, ce film est rare et beau.”
-Le Canard Enchaîné

Journey to the heart of a culture at risk facing its deepest fears and documentary from a director on the most sacred teaching in Tibetan buddhism, the film is rare and beautiful.

Natalie Fuchs : “Planter une graine dans les coeurs”
– Nice Matin

Natalie Fuchs: To plant a seed in the hearts”