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Director screens 'Dalai Lama Awakening' March 4 as part of launch of President's Fine Arts Series

February 24, 2014

Khashyar Darvich (left), producer-director of "Dalai Lama Renaissance,"and co-producer David Mueller talked with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during production of the award-winning film. Darvich has re-envisioned the film and created "Dalai Lama Awakening," which will be screened March 4 at the Emerson Cultural Center. The event helps launch the MSU Presidents Fine Arts Series running throughout the month of March. Photo courtesy of Dalai Lama Awakening.   High-Res Available

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Khashyar Darvich, producer and director of "DalaiLama Awakening," will screen his film at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at the theater of the Emerson Center for the Fine Arts and Culture in an event that helps launch the month-long Montana State University President's Fine Arts Series. The screening is free and open to the public.

Narrated by actor Harrison Ford, "Dalai Lama Awakening" is a re-visioning of Darvich's award-winning "Dalai Lama Renaissance," a film that won 12 awards and was screened more than 1,000 times around the world.  

Dennis Aig, director of the MSU School of Film and Photography, was a production consultant on the film, "Dalai Lama Awakening." The film presents the journeys of Western thinkers who travel to India to meet with the Dalai Lama to solve many of the world's problems. The filmmakers say many of the participants experience an inner transformation, and many who watch the film also report a personal transformational experience.

Darvich, Aig, and a member of the Bozeman Tibetan community will appear in a panel following the screening. The panel will be moderated by Nancy Cornwell, dean of the College of Arts and Architecture.

Darvich's appearance and the "Dalai Lama Awakening" screening is one of the first events of the 2014 President's Fine Art Series, "Art Matters." The series is a set of artistic and cultural events set during March to celebrate the transformational power of the arts.  

The President's Fine Art Series is sponsored by the MSU Office of the President and the College of Arts & Architecture.  This project is also funded in part by a grant from Humanities Montana, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.  

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