Weekend Watching

March 31, 2013

Varanasi, India: “Beyond” from Cale Glendening on Vimeo.

Okay, I’m cheating a little on my new Weekend Reading series – instead I want to share this documentary with you. It’s 45 minutes long – so this movie is perfect for a lazy Sunday. Grab yourself a pot of tea (I’m enjoying some Yerba mate with coconut milk) and give your undivided attention to the magic this documentary holds.

“BEYOND” is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- “Holy Men.”

Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation. Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.

I love the way the photographers become friends and build a relationship with the sadhus and monks well before making them the subjects of their photo essays. Technically speaking, I really dig the juxtaposition of the images they take – using modern lighting and technology to highlight people with ancient roots and understandings. It’s a brilliant reminder that we live in this world together. And what a small world it is. Finally, the message itself is inspiring. It makes me want to find detachment from my own things in order to find a little liberation. To live a bold life without the fear of death, to seek connection by traveling the world, and to find a little liberation right here at home.

Thanks goes to Rory for sharing this one with me. She always sends me the best stuff. 

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