Advaita Films GURUKULAM Screened at the Rubin Museum of Art
Advaita Films presents
Screened at the Rubin Museum of Art
August 22 – 24
Directed by Neil Dalal & Jillian Elizabeth
Featuring Swami Dayananda Saraswati
In vivid and sensuous detail, GURUKULAM follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India. Daily chores, meditation, ritual and rigorous study are woven together connecting the natural and spiritual worlds in moments of surprising revelation and comic contradiction.
Gurukulam, a sensory experiential cinema-verité documentary film, captures an Indian wisdom tradition by following an influential monk, Swami Dayananda Saraswati, and his community of students. As one of the few remaining traditional teachers of Vedanta, Dayananda is a rarity. He is sought after not only for his command of Hindu wisdom texts, such as the Upanisads and the Bhagavad Gita, but for his capacity to communicate ancient wisdom into living experience. At eighty-four years old, this may be the last long-term residential course he teaches.
It is produced and co-directed by award winning filmmaker and Yoga teacher, Jillian Elizabeth (On Coal River, Whatever It Takes) and co-directed by Neil Dalal, professor of Sanskrit and Yoga philosophy and traditional teacher of Vedanta. Mary Lampson is the editor, J.P. Sniadecki is the cinematographer and Ernst Karel is the sound mixer.
GURUKULAM screens in NYC at the Rubin Museum of Art on August 22, August 23, and August 24.