House of Film’s Spiritual Cinema Collection was established to foster the global convergence of worldviews and trends from different peoples, faiths and religions and to promote their peaceful co-existence through the media of film.

 

"An important film about the future of Tibet's cultural and spiritual survival" -- His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Based on a true story and certain incidents from the life of legendary Tibetan Classical singer NAMGYAL LHAMO. Opera singer 'Yiga Gyalnang' is abducted and thrown into 'Drapchi,' one of the most dreaded prisons in Tibet, for what the Chinese government see as rebellion through her songs of freedom and expression. After years of isolation and torture, she breaks free and escapes to Nepal and then the West, taking with her an unbroken soul, tremendous strength and her voice that could never be silenced.

Official Selection - Moscow International Film Festival

GENRE: biopic - musical /  DIRECTOR: Arvind Iyer / 74 minutes / English

In the tradition of What the Bleep Do We Know?, and The Secret.

The Lost Secret of Immortality takes the Western audience on a journey of the senses through the spiritual traditions of Eastern enlightenment. Presented with stunning and mind-bending visuals, the film delves into a vision of what is possible if we unlock the mysteries of the Universe.

In this film, we see the vast and infinite knowledge passed on through the centuries by some of the world’s foremost New Age philosophers and teachers. Everything from meditation and the martial arts to tantric sex are uncovered and broken down into easy-to-understand teachings and practices.

By experiencing The Lost Secret of Immortality, one will embark on a life-transforming revelation that will unlock the hidden and untapped power that exists within all of us.

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GENRE: Documentary / DIRECTOR: Barclay powers / 78 minutes / English

Winner of the National Geographic Prize & the Best Spiritual Feature Prize in 2010

A story of greed and vengeance, of demons, magic, murder--and redemption. The tale of the real-life 11th century mystic and spiritual warrior, Milarepa.

Photographed entirely in the stunning Lahaul-Spiti region of northern India, this is one of the most important films of our times, acclaimed by the Washington Post, L.A. Times, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Reel.com.    "A life-transforming spiritual awakening" -- Screen International. Richard Gere calls it "One of the most powerful stories of love and transformation in world literature.

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GENRE: Spiritual thriller /  DIRECTOR: Neten Chokling / 90 minutes / Tibetan with either English, French or Spanish subtitle

The Dalai Lama as you've never seen him before -- at home.  

24 hours spent by a film crew inside the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, from the beginning of his day which starts at 3 am till sunset when the Buddhist leader goes to bed. The footage, by itself, is exclusive. But here, inside the residence, the documentary filmmaker Vitali Manski also got a chance to enjoy a totally informal conversation about the essence of the Universe and the role an individual has to play in religion in general and Buddhism in particular in the frameworks of contemporary society.

GENRE: documentary / DIRECTOR: Vitali Manski / 72 minutes / Russian with English subtitles

AFM 2011 MARKET PREMIERE of Exclusive Extras, including footage of the enthronement ceremony of Dilgo Khyentse's Rinpoche's recognized reincarnation and the most complete presentation of his lineage available.

With the destruction of the Tibet's monasteries and libraries, the ancient culture's highest knowledge resided in one man, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche as he was the only person who was able to memorize the ancient secret teachings and formulas before escaping. Thus he became teacher to the Dalai Lama and to the King of Bhutan.  A writer, poet and meditation master, Khyentse Rinpoche was an inspiration to all who encountered him. 

Using animation, rare still and archival footage and filmed throughout Tibet, India, the USA, Bhutan, and Nepal, the film chronicles the life of this revered master, from the escape from Tibet to the discovery of his incarnation. The latter part of the story is an amazing proof to the fact that the most evolved masters of Tibet are able to control their reincarnation. 

This moving biography is told in part through interviews with the Dalai Lama, Matthieu Ricard, Rabjam Rinpoche, and others.

GENRE: documentary / DIRECTOR: Neten Chokling / 57 minutes (without extras) / HD / English version and French versions available / NARRATED BY Richard Gere and Lou Reed

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Ideally suited for Western viewers interested in knowing more about Milarepa's significance for Buddhism as a whole, these teachings also show how we can incorporate Milarepa's determination, honesty, clarity and compassion into our lives.  Some of the best known Buddhist luminaries give commentaries and insights about the life of one of the best known historical Buddhist figures, Milarepa, Tibet's greatest yogi and spiritual warrior.

Includes interviews with some of the most famous Buddhist luminaries, such as His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Orgyen Trinley Dorje and Sogyal Rinpoche, author of the best-selling book called "The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying", Ani Pema Chodron, the author of such highly acclaimed and successful books as "The Wisdom of No Escape" and "Start Where You Are".

GENRE: documentary / PRODUCER: Neten Chokling / 175 minutes / English

Bittersweet, high-energy, suspenseful and touching are the adjectives that come to mind watching  this highly entertaining and original movie coming out of  exotic and picturesque Lebanon. The movie carries a powerful message as it confronts the issue of  free love in the Middle East.

Powerful soundtrack by Emmy winner Christopher Brady

Awards:

Two “Los Angeles Movie Awards” 2011 (Honorable Mention) & (Best Supporting Actor.)

Six nominations “Maverick Movie Awards” 2011 (Best Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Design, Best Production Design, Best Special Make-Up Effects

GENRE: Drama / Thriller / DIRECTOR: Samer Daboul / 98 minutes / HD / Arabic with English Subtitles

The Making of Out Loud is much more than a behind-the-scenes look at the myriad difficulties faced by the cast and crew of the Muslim world’s first commercial gay feature, Out Loud. This thought provoking, well researched look at the discrimination and outright persecution faced today by gays and lesbians in Muslim countries serves as a strong reminder of how precious Western gay rights gains are, as well as how much work remains to be done, especially in the face of many organized religions’ intolerance of the gay community.

GENRE: Documentary / DIRECTOR: Samer Daboul / 53 minutes / HD / English and Arabic with English Subtitles