The award-winning documentary “Chasing BUDDHA” about Buddhist nun Robina Courtin by acclaimed Australian filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson will screened for the first time in Latvia. The film will be shown on January 30th at 7 pm at the cinema “Splendid Palace” (Elizabeth Street 61, Big Hall).
Australian ex-Catholic, ex-political activist and feminist, Robina Courtin has been a Buddhist nun since 1978. Teaching Buddhism around the world, she shatters the stereotype of a Buddhist nun, her intense and direct style leaving an indelible impression on everyone she meets.
In the heart of America’s bible belt, Robina visits Kentucky State Penitentiary, guiding death row inmates and others on the path to enlightenment. Determined to harness their minds and deal with their violent crimes, they inspire Robina to work even harder at her own rigorous spiritual practice.
A bold, powerful, multi-award-winning film from internationally acclaimed filmmaker Amiel Courtin-Wilson, whose uncompromising films have screened at festivals including Sundance (Chasing Buddha), Cannes (Cicada, 2009) and the Venice Film Festival (Hail, 2011).
After 14 years of running, which helps thousands of prisoners throughout the USA and Australia, Robina passed on the job of executive director to a colleague in Australia in 2009. She maintains contact with many old friends in prison.
You will have a great opportunity to meet a Buddhist nun Robina Courtin after film screening and ask questions about the film and her long life spiritual path more than 30 years. You will witness her inspiring energy and extraordinary personality.
The project is organized in the cooperation with cultural agency CREA Promotion, Buddhist Meditation center Ganden and with cinema theare Splendid Palace support.
Film trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeZ5DM7v19c
Tickets available at http://splendidpalace.lv/lv/movies/view/2268