John Bush. 2005. 85 min.
"John Bush sets a benchmark for compassion and integrity in filmmaking."'National Gallery of Australia
Filmed entirely on location in Southeast Asia, the second film of the Yatra Trilogy is a stunning cinematic journey to the legendary temples of Angkor in Cambodia, the spiritual sites of Bali, and finally the marvel of Buddhist Borobudur in Java. Prajna Earth is a pilgrimage to sacred intersections where Buddhist and Hindu wisdom traditions merge with the animist worship of nature. Monks and nuns travel on foot for days to reach a full moon gathering near Angkor Wat, the largest temple in the world. The dance of the Devatas celebrates the rebirth of this classic art form within the cultural healing of war-torn Cambodia. As the journey moves to Bali, gamelan music, Ramayana dance, and lively street processions echo through the hill town of Ubud. In Java, a night of animist trance dance and spirit possession is followed by a golden dawn and ascent of the startling seven-level stupa of Borobudur.
Narration by Sharon Stone
The film will be introduced by the director.
Presented in conjunction with the Asia Society Museum exhibition Pilgrimage and Buddhist Art