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IFFI: Soul of Asia opens with 'Samsara'

Posted on Nov 22, 07:12PM | IBNS

Soul of Asia: Cinema and Mysticism, a special section introduced at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2012 from this year, was inaugurated here on Thursday with screening of the opening film 'Samsara'.

Samsara is a story of a Buddhist monk's quest for enlightenment. The protagonist's life is similar to that of Prince Siddhartha.

Loaded with inner conflicts on what is stronger-destiny or choices, the filmmaker roamed the exterior world till one day, the story started flowing as would a natural spring.

Located in the other-worldly landscapes of the Himalayas, this film traverses inner journeys: one man's struggle to find enlightenment by renouncing his world; and one woman's struggle to keep her enlightened love and life within her own world.

Eternal conflict between the flesh and spirit challenge the Buddha's feminist perspective, outlining parallel destinies.

IFFI-2012 has introduced this section from this year titled- Soul of Asia: Cinema and Mysticism.

The vision is to screen India premiers of films made on themes of Asian philosophies and philosophers, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Zen, Confucianism, Sufism and other ancient mystic and ascetic traditions of Asia.

Briefing the media here, festival director Shankar Mohan said it will be a collective endeavour to evolve the Soul of Asia section at IFFI so as to share mutual knowledge that touches the soul of mankind.

He said a new humanism is on the horizon and the supreme task of our generation is to give a soul to the growing world consciousness, to develop ideals and institutions necessary for the creative expression of the world soul, to transmit these loyalties and impulses to future generations.

The Eastern Mysticism Section celebrates spirituality, integral to our part of the globe. Films like the Buddha, Confucius, Light of Asia, Mystic Iran: The Unseen World, the Burmese Harp and The Great Pilgrim are some of the other acclaimed entries in this section.