Two years ago I answered a Craigslist ad to view a documentary about the Dalai Llama. I was interested in Tibetand the exile of the Dalai Lama. I fully expected it to be held in a large cinema setting, but instead it was held at the Director’s (Khashyar Darvich) apartment with about 10 other people who had answered the similar ad, surprisingly none of them in the “industry”. He was looking for input as it was in editing mode. There was no narrator, there was no background music. Raw footage. This was a version that he was working on and it contained many people from What the Bleep!? I knew then it would be good and do well once out on the circuit.
He has long since completed and distributed this film and it has won accolades and awards at the various film festivals around the world where it has been shown.
I recently received my weekly newsletter about this project and to my surprise I not only learned something new, I became deeply happy for the director because I believe he may be doing something that many celebrities such as Richard Gere and Sharon Stone have be unable to do. I also learned that Taiwan, which is governed by the Republic of China, was able to watch the documentary entitled Dalai Lama Renaissance which is narrated by Harrison Ford. Not only did the people of Taiwanwatch it, but they gave it extremely positive reviews which of course raised red flags on the Mainland of China and the Communist government. In their defensive action they quickly posted an article that tries to discredit Khashyar Darvich, the director-producer of the film by saying he is ignorant of the history of Tibet and the documentary was filled with political bias. In his newsletter he cites the following.
‘“It’s interesting that the Chinese Communist Party refers to me as a follower of the Dalai Lama,” Darvich responded. “Although I respect the Dalai Lama as a man of peace, just as the Nobel Peace Prize Committee did by awarding him the Nobel Peace prize, and as do most governments around the world, I am not a Dalai Lama groupie. When I began the film, I was not very familiar with the Dalai Lama’s ideas. I think that his actions, and the respect that he garners around the world, speaks for itself.”’
I have meet Mr. Darvich and he is a humble, passionate, man and believes in what he is doing and there is one thing that his film attempts to do and it is stated in the first part of the film. “Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing themselves.” With this film having been seen in Taiwan, they are beginning to change themselves and hope that wave gets passed on the Mainland China.
My hope,” says Darvich, “is that the film will open a dialog between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama, and that the average Chinese citizen will be able to see that the Dalai Lama is not such a bad guy and is interested in a solution to the Tibet issue that serves the highest good and benefits both the Chinese and Tibetans. I would be happy to attend a screening of the film in China and conduct a Q&A with Chinese audiences as a way to contribute to positive dialog.”
So if this comes to your town or is available in your area on DVD, I encourage you to watch. You may learn how and why this man we call the Dalai Lama (the reincarnation of Avalokitesvara –the one who has the desire and ability to help all without distinction is due to his great compassion) is revered throughout the world.
For more information about this visit http://www.dalailamafilm.com.