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Awake: The Life of Yogananda Film

Being Released in October

 

After a five-year journey to bring Paramahansa Yogananda’s life and teachings to the big screen, CounterPoint Films has announced that its work on AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is nearing completion and this widely-anticipated film is now slated for a theatrical release in New York October 10 and Los Angeles October 17.

AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda is an unconventional biography about an East Indian Swami who brought yoga and meditation to the West in the 1920s.

 

Paramahansa Yogananda authored the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi,” which has sold millions of copies worldwide and is a go-to book for seekers, philosophers and yoga enthusiasts today. By personalizing his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient Vedic teachings accessible to a modern audience, attracting many followers and ultimately spawning the multi-billion dollar yoga industry of today.

 

Filmed over three years with the participation of 30 countries around the world, the documentary examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, east and west and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards, bucking the temptations of the material world in pursuit of self-realization.

 

Archival material from the life of Yogananda (who died in 1952) creates a spine for the narrative, but the film stretches the dimensions of a standard biography.  The footage includes stylized interviews, metaphoric imagery and recreations, taking us from holy pilgrimages in India to Harvard’s Divinity School and its cutting-edge physics labs, from the Center for Science and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania to the Chopra Center in Carlsbad, California.

 

Prior to its theatrical release in cities around the world, the film will premiere at film festivals both here and abroad. Earlier this year AWAKE’s directors, Paola di Florio and Lisa Leeman, participated in the Esalen Inspirational Film Festival in Big Sur where they shared a few excerpts from the film and led a lively interactive discussion about the blessings and challenges of making a spiritual documentary.

You may view the trailer at: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/independent/awakethelifeofyogananda/