Directed by David Grubin
Narrated by Richard Gere
112 min. / USA / English with Chinese Subtitles / 2010
The story of Buddha, the 6th century BCE prince who became a great spiritual teacher, has been told in many ways and media. This is an ambitious and imaginative film by veteran documentary director David Grubin (RFK, FDR, LBJ, The Jewish Americans, Napoleon), narrated by Richard Gere, that uses animation and contemporary voices — including poets Jane Hirshfield and U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin and Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman — to explore the life and meaning of the man who became "awake" and continues to inspire the diverse Buddhist cultures all over the world. Filmed on location in India, Nepal and the U.S.
This screening is part of the International Buddhist Film Festival 2012 Hong Kong. For more information, please visit AsiaSociety.org/IBFF