Director/Producer/Cinematographer: John Bush
Dharma River: Journey of a Thousand Buddhas
The striking visuals in the film Dharma River flow along the legendary rivers of Laos, Thailand and Burma. The camera weaves through Buddhist temples and mystical sites and the passing imagery transports the viewer to places of stunning beauty and spirituality that most will never see.
Travel with the director and cinematographer John Bush along the canals of Bangkok to the mountains of Laos, and on to the golden pagodas of Burma and the Mekong River. Along the way, enjoy colorful footage of festivals and rituals.
"I wanted to create a new kind of viewing experience that would allow someone to have a direct encounter with the sacred spaces of southeast Asia," Bush says. "The [spaces] have their own presence, and I wanted them to speak for themselves. This timeless art and architecture is part of the world's cultural heritage. It's important to archive these things, to share them."
Dharma River is a meandering spiritual journey. The viewer has two options: watching the film either accompanied by narration filled with Buddhist teaching and music indigenous to Southeast Asia or watching the film accompanied by a chant soundtrack designed for meditation with background music.
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