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A journey within and at the same time a world-wide movement, MANTRA- SOUNDS INTO SILENCE shows how effective harmonious sounds can be in our noisy world of non-stop communication. In search of concentration, community and connection, thousands of people all over the world are turning to an ancient type of human gathering - community singing. A form of this phenomenon, the so-called 'Kirtan', involves singing mantras. Originally from India, this traditional form of chanting was first used in the West as a musical background for Yoga classes. But its power is such that it has now spread to a far wider public - as far as Grammy nominations for the stars of the scene such as Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal and Dave Stringer.

At concerts and festivals as well as in daily life, and at unusual locations such as San Quentin Prison near San Francisco, MANTRA-SOUNDS INTO SILENCE shows how communal chanting can dissolve walls between people and help them find themselves, and all through ravishing visual images and music that carries you away. It's a film free of esoteric mumbo jumbo, and full of passionate enthusiasm for life.

In Georgia Wyss' documentary the following artists make an appearance Deva Premal & Miten, Manose, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Jai Uttal, MC Yogi, Lama Gyurme & Jean-Philippe Rykiel, C.C. White, Dave Stringer, Mirabai Ceiba, Gaura Vani und Nina Rao.

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  • Year
    2017
  • Runtime
    85 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    Spain
  • Director
    Georgia Wyss, Wari Om
  • Screenwriter
    Georgia Wyss
  • Producer
    Ray McCormack, Georgia Wyss
  • Cast
    Deva Premal and Miten, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur, Mirabai Ceiba, Lama Gyurme with Jean Phillipe Rykiel, C.C. White, M.C. Yogi, Dave Stringer, Caren Fine
  • Cinematographer
    Wari Om, Jordi Azategui, Ismael Joyera & Daniel Arvizu
  • Editor
    Georgia Wyss