If you’ve seen our much-commented-on post about “Favorite Buddhist Moments in Non-Buddhist Movies”, then you know many people feel that the dharma has really found its way into film, whether intentionally or not.
Further proving the point — after having greatly established it to begin with — is the International Buddhist Film Festival, which occurs for the first time in London this year, running for ten days beginning with a May 10 opening date. Forty-six films from eighteen nations will be showing, including dramatic features, comedies, documentaries, and animated works.
The IBFF is one of several major cultural events being presented in London as part of The Many Faces of Buddhism series, which our own Andrea Miller recently told you about here on SunsSpace.
The yearly festival is a big draw and has been since 2003. Our congratulations to them for all their success, and for helping us all to see, enjoy, and discuss their great selections of dharmic movies. This year’s include: Werner Herzog’s Wheel of Time, Milarepa, The Dhamma Brothers, Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, and even darker cult classics like Donnie Darko, and (one of my all-time faves) Ghost Dog. Plus a whole lot more.
You can see the whole schedule here. (Even if you can’t atteed, you’ll likely get some great ideas for your Netflix queue.) And for more information about the people behind the Festival, visit the IBFF website, here.