Director: Leon Stuparich
Features: The Dalai Lama, Joanna Lumley
Filmed during the Dalai Lama’s last UK visit before he stepped down as the exiled Political Leader of Tibet, this film captures his sense of humour, integrity and extraordinary ability to connect with people on a personal level. The Nobel Peace Prize winner offers a radical vision of how we can create lasting peace within ourselves and on a global level.
With intimate behind the scenes access and a candid personal interview, this film is as close to a flesh-and-blood encounter with the Dalai Lama as you can get. Followed by a live Q&A with director Leon Stuparich.
Plus a BRIT School Showcase film, screened in partnership with the School’s Film & Media Production department. For this film we are showing Tom Horton (U) (4.15 min), directed by Lucas Aliaga-Hurt & Victoria Man. A portrait of a marine biologist based in Penzance.
David Lean Cinema, Croydon on Thursday 21 June 2018
Shows start at 2.30 and 7.30 pm, ticket prices £8.50 & £7.00 (concessions).
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We are pleased to take part in Croydon’s Festival of Peace (16-23 June), by screening two films that we hope will chime with their vision of promoting individual and community wellbeing. Tuesday’s film is Makala, a thoughtful documentary that conveys the economic realities of life for a poor family man in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Kabwita Kasongo plans to produce a ‘crop’ of charcoal (makala) and sell it in the nearest town. Just what is involved in a seemingly straightforward plan is documented in Emmanuel Gras’s film, which won the Critics’ Week grand prize at Cannes last year. Kabwita’s stoicism is sorely tested. The final scenes in a revivalist church service are especially moving. The Sunday Times called it “beautiful and poetic, something it achieves without condescension”.
Thursday brings two showings of Road to Peace, Leon Stuparich’s record of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Britain in 2008. Leon was given unprecedented behind-the-scenes access during the tour, plus an interview with the Nobel Peace Prize winner. This visit came at a time when the Dalai Lama was beginning to question his political role, and in 2011 he retired from leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration to concentrate on sharing his spiritual and humanitarian message. Leon has captured the contradictions that beset him during the tour, as well as the affection and admiration that he enjoyed, and we are very pleased that he will be attending both performances to answer questions after the film.