21 March 2024 / Annie Waite

Buddhist Film Festival 2024

Join us for a weekend of deeper thought and inspiration, with some magnificent and jaw-dropping scenery on display.

Buddhist Film Fest 2024We're looking forward to welcoming you to a selection of handpicked screenings brought to you by the Hastings Triratna Buddhist Group. See fresh titles, hits from other Buddhist Film Festivals, and even an Oscar-nominated feature.

Gyoto and Waking Up 2050

Friday 12th April, 7.30pm

To hear the sound of the ocean in the Himalayas... This unlikely wish takes a film director of Gyoto and her three girls to Gyütö, where a Tibetan Buddhist monastery, perched high, echoes day and night the sound of sacred tantric chants of meditation.

Wandering freely about wherever their curiosity leads them, they discover the daily life of 400 monks living there.

Waking up 2050 deals with the question What is Buddhism? A deceptively simple question contemplated through diverse perspectives and stories of Ani Pema Deki (Emma Slade), the first western woman to be ordained in Bhutan, Kodo Nishimura, a Buddhist monk, LGBT activist and make-up artist and Prof. Daniel Veidlinger, Professor of Buddhism, in the Department of Comparative Religion and Humanities at California State University.

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Line of young monks in yellow robes sitting on a wallYarne and Tibetan Gongs and Singing Bowls Sound Meditation

Saturday 13th April, 11.30am   

Yarne is a film of best-friend child monks living in a Buddhist monastery who begin receiving small donations for performing prayers, only to find their friendship tested over how to spend it.

The screening will be followed by a special Tibetan Gongs and Singing Bowls Sound Meditation with Andrew Lyddon.

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Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom

Saturday 13th April, 7.30pm 

This enchanting, gentle, sweet-natured movie became the first Bhutanese film to get an Oscar nomination for best international feature. Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (pictured, main) is a drama about a daydreaming young teacher who is posted to a remote school in the Himalayan mountain village of Lunana. The film's almost childlike faith in the power of singing to overcome melancholy and adversity means you’ll find yourself smiling along.

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Man with beard looking to the left - film posterAkong: A Remarkable Life

Sunday 14th April, 11.30am

The story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master, compelled to flee his homeland in 1959 at the height of Sino-Tibetan tensions. One of only 13 of 300 compatriots to survive the arduous journey of the 10-month escape to India he makes a promise that, if he survives, he will devote his life to helping others. Akong's fundamental message of compassion-in-action shines through and his example inspires thousands of people to work to make the world a better place.

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