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Waterloo Riverview Dharma Centre
presents the 14th Annual
Waterloo Buddhist Film Festival
Saturday, November 4 2017, 4-9:45 p.m.

Emmanuel United Church Hall, 22 Bridgeport Rd. W. Waterloo
Leonard Cohen:
I'm Your Man
Leonard Cohen has inspired generations with his unique personality and haunting music, becoming one of the most original and enduring artists to emerge from the 1960s. Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man is an intimate look at the songs, poetry and life of one of music's most celebrated and influential troubadours. In January of 2005, filmmaker Lian Lunson travelled to Sydney to film the historic "Came So Far For Beauty" show, a tribute to Leonard Cohen at the Sydney Opera House. The resulting documnetary features behind-the-scenes interviews and live performances by Rufus Wainwright, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Linda Thompson, Teddy Thompson, The Handsome Family, Julie Christensen and Perla Battala, as well as a special performance of "Tower of Song" by Cohen and U2. And in a series of candid interviews, Cohen himself reveals his trademark wry humor and soulful intensity, using his own artwork, poetry and personal collection of photographs to reflect upon his colorful past and his creative process. 
Directed by Lian Lunson.
2005: 105 minutes.
Showtime: 4 p.m.


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The Last Dalai Lama?
For over a thousand years, Tibetan Buddhist psychology has taught techniques for overcoming negative, afflictive emotions, such as anger, greed, jealousy, sloth and ignorance.  In the film The Last Dalai Lama?, His Holiness explains that Tibetan Buddhism is both a religion and a “science of the mind”; he also shares his crystallized understanding of the nature of mind, and its part in the creation and alleviation of all of our suffering. 
Recently, the Dalai Lama commissioned Dr. Paul Ekman and his daughter Dr. Eve Ekman to come up with an “Atlas of Emotions” as a way of understanding the effects of emotions on having a tranquil mind.  Being able to recognize the patterns, triggers and responses to emotions is the first step in dealing with them.  In a moving sequence with a high school class in British Columbia, His Holiness The Dalai Lama is able to share his passion for the subject. His urgency and dedication come through in The Last Dalai Lama? as he now turns 82, and must deal with the questions of aging and death, and whether he will reincarnate as The Dalai Lama, or if he will be the last of the lineage that has existed for a millennia.

Written/produced/directed by Mickey Lemle.
2016: 82 minutes.
Showtime:7 p.m.

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States of Grace
Winner of multiple audience awards, States of Grace intimately captures the profound transformation of a revered physician and her family in the wake of a life-changing accident. For Dr. Grace Dammann, a pioneering AIDS specialist who was honored by the Dalai Lama, a routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic when another driver crashed head on into her car. After seven weeks in a coma and a dozen surgeries, Grace miraculously awakened with her cognitive abilities intact, though her body was left shattered. States of Grace follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she and her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder live with their teenage daughter Sabrina, who was born with cerebral palsy. With dry humor and brave candor, the three of them slowly recalibrate their lives together and apart.
Through verité footage and interviews with doctors, family, and friends, the film paints an inspiring portrait of devotion and trust as it delicately documents one woman’s fight to reinvent herself.
Directed/produced by Mark Lipman
& Helen S. Cohen

2014: 75 minutes.
Showtime: 8:30 p.m.


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Includes a Vegetarian buffet dinner catered by
Vijay's Indian Cuisine   

Tickets: $55 at the door for adults;

 $40 at the door for students.

Doors open at 3:30 p.m.

Sponsored in part by

      SE  and  VJ