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Thursday, October 27, 2011
PAST: FILM: BloomScreen presents "The Dhamma Brothers" Documentary about inmates in Alabama who study Vipassana Meditation - followed by a discussion TUES, March 13th from 7:00pm - 9:00pm All ages, by donation
Tuesday, March 13th
7:00pm - 9:00pm
All ages, by donation, popcorn and refreshments provided
The Dhamma Brothers (2007, 76 min), by Jenny Phillips, Anne Marie Stein and Andrew Kukur. A documentary on inmates at a maximum security prison who are studying Vipassana meditation. I saw this one last time it screened at Bloombars and definitely recommend it! Best to arrive a little before 7:00pm, they usually try to start the film right around 7:00pm.
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison – the end of the line in Alabama’s correctional system – is forever changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program. Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts who will never see the light of day. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent meditation lasting ten days. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), “gives you hope for the human race.”
Following our screening, there will be a discussion about the film with Krishna Desar, co-leader of Wednesday meditation at BloomBars.