Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Milarepa (2006)

Milarepa (2006)

 May 3rd, 7:00PM in Garland 104 (2441 E. Hartford)

 A tagline sometimes used for this film is "Magician, Murderer, Saint" and that is a deceptively accurate summation of the story of Milarepa. The figure himself was an eleventh century Yogi who would become one of the most celebrated Tibetan historical figures for both his accomplishments and an extremely influential biography written after his death. This film represents a retelling of that story including depictions of the supernatural events that intertwined with his life.
As a figure Milarepa represented a yogic tradition distinct from the monastic Buddhism that most associate with Tibet. This version of the story was produced and directed by Neten Chokling a Lama from Bhutan and shot in terrain similar to that found in Tibet.  The narrative of Milarepa’s story reinforces classical Buddhist patterns of transcendence of worldly matters after a misspent youth and an acceptance of one’s own mortality.

Bhutan, Tibet (by proxy,) Director Neten Chokling, Cast Gimyan Lodro, Jamyang Lodro, Jamyang Nyima, Orgyen Tobgyal and Kelsang Chukie Tethong, 90 minutes, in Tibetan with English subtitles

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