3 Chocolate Zen Movies for the Soul

Zen movies:  What can a bar of chocolate teach us about happiness? In this collection of short zen movies a humble bar of chocolate will take us on a journey of envy, expectations and the race called life.The inspiration for these 3 short zen movies comes from one of the basic tenets of Zen, which is simplicity. Simple everyday objects can teach us profound lessons about life. The next time you have chocolate, think about these zen messages!

Zen Movie #1 Rat Race

Making of Chocolate Zen Movies:

These  zen films were shot with the nuns of Themisgam nunnery in Ladakh, India. Situated in a secluded valley, the nunnery is home to a small bunch of nuns from Zanskar. Besides their buddhist teachings the young nuns also get basic education in english, hindi and math. The little nuns had never acted in front of the camera, and were initially very shy. But it was wonderful to see their dedication and energy. In the icy cold desert of Leh, their smiles were heart warming.

Cast: Dolma, Chuskit, Palkit, Rigzen, Padma, Tsondus
Special Thanks: Themisgam Nunnery and Avalokitesvara Trust for facilitating the theatre workshop with the little nuns

Zen Movie #2 Expectations

Music for Zen Movie #2 courtesy: Tashi Morup. Music Produced by Upland Plateaux

Zen Movie #3 Envy


How to use these Zen movies
: The surprising thing about these short zen movies is that different people take out different messages from each film. E.g. For many people in the corporate world, the ‘chocolate bar’ represents the annual bonus. When one sees the films with that perspective, we get a totally new meaning. We’d love to know, what your interpretation is?

What next: In case you enjoyed these movies, you might like to watch our collection of 6 more short films for the soul. We are in the process of making more of such films. To stay updated, please subscribe.

 

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Movies For A Cause

Here’s an interesting selection of movies for a cause. The movies cover a diverse range of causes and every month we add to the list. Movies have a huge potential to create awareness and generate support for a cause. For reference we have included a list of famous movies that have dealt with a social cause. The list is divided into Hollywood movies and movies made by filmkaar.com. Given the large pool of movies to choose from, we have only included a few of the memorable ones.

Movies for a Cause: Movie of the month

This short movie deals with the cause of climate change and it’s impact on health in an innovative way.

List of Hollywood Movies around a social cause

A curated list of some amazing movies set amidst the backdrop of a social cause:

Movie: WALL-E (2008)
Cause: Environmental Degradation
Synopsis: A touching love story set in the distant future that involves a small waste collecting robot named WALL-E. Wall-E inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.
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Movie: Blood Diamond (2006)
Cause: The developed world’s obsession for Diamonds and it’s impact on developing countries in Africa.
Synopsis: Set during the Sierra Leone (Africa) Civil War in 1999, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces. In the film a fisherman, a smuggler, and a syndicate of businessmen match wits over the possession of a priceless diamond.
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Movie: Erin Brockovich (2000)
Cause: Corporate Social Responsibility
Synopsis: An unemployed single mother becomes a legal assistant and almost single-handedly brings down a California power company accused of polluting a city’s water supply.
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Movie: Philadelphia (1993)
Cause: HIV / AIDS
Synopsis: When a man with AIDS is fired by a conservative law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.
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Movie: Syriana (2005)
Cause: Oil Economies
Synopsis: A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it
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Movie: Boys Don’t Cry (1999)
Cause: LGBT
Synopsis: The story of the life of Brandon Teena, a transgendered teen who preferred life in a male identity until it was discovered he was born biologically female.
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Movie: When the Wind Blows (1986)
Cause: War and Nuclear Arms
Synopsis: A poignant story of an elderly British couple who are stuck in the middle of a nuclear war.
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Movie: To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Cause: Racial Discrimination
Synopsis: Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.
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Movie: City of God (2002)
Cause: Poverty and Crime
Synopsis: A brilliant film that tells an interweaving story of two boys growing up in a violent neighborhood of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The story follows the two boys as they take different paths: one becomes a photographer, the other a drug dealer.
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If you have suggestions for movies that you would like to add to this list please send us your movie recommendation in the comment box below.

Other Movies for a cause by Filmkaar.com

Education:

Water:

More movies to follow>>

Work Showreel

Here’s a small sample of some of the movies that we have made for clients:

NOKIA 

Recycle your phone interactive campaign. In this short movie made specifically for youtube, we have used an innovative annotations feature to make the film interactive.

Dream Readers

A short film made in the Amazon rainforest of Ecuador for our project ‘Enchanted Lands & Fables‘.

Corporate Social Responsibility

A short documentary on an organization that is transforming lives.

Tell us what you think about these movies. We’d love to hear your feedback.

How to make a movie – Book

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How-to-make-a-movie-bookA simple guide for making short movies. No prior experience in movie making required. This book is a step by step manual for beginners that teaches the basics of Scripting, Shooting, Producing, Directing, Editing, and Distribution of your short movies.

This ebook will be available for download on Amazon.com  for less than 5 US$. The ebook is readable on any PC, MAC, iPAD, iPhone, Blackberry or Android device using the FREE Kindle App.

Take a preview of the book by visiting our page:
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Movie making is an art that is mastered by practise. This book presents lessons in a structured format to help you learn the basics of movie making in a very short time

Answer the simple questions below, to find out whether this book is meant for you or not.

Who is this book meant for?

Do you have an idea for a movie in your head, but don’t know how to go about it? OR
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If you said yes to any of the above, then you are at the right place. In today’s world, it has become simple to make movies. But content made by amateurs is quite unbearable to watch (unless it has a cute cat in it). That’s because they have not mastered the basics of movie making. Most books available on movie-making are full of complex terms and theory which is difficult to understand. If you are passionate about movies and would like to master the basics of movie-making in a simple but effective way, consider investing in buying this book. It’s a skill you’ll cherish for your life.

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Jadui Pankh – Magic Feather (hindi film with english subtitles)

Jadui Pankh (Magic Feather) is a free online comedy hindi film with english subtitles. A collection of 7 funny short films rolled into one full movie. Watch one of the short films from the movie collection here and also find links to other films from the series:

Movie Credits (Ali and the Magic Feather):
Film by- Nitin Das
Music — Mangesh Dhakde, Sound Design — Vinit D’Souza
Production — Latif Shaikh, Zaffar Shaikh
Children from — Down To Earth, Mumbai
Key Actors:
 Zaffar, Asif, Prakash, Dinesh, Narendra, Rahul, Vijendra, Surya Prakash,Babu Bhai

Making of Jadui Pankh

This film has been shot over a period of 2 years across various slums in Mumbai. However the stories are not about poverty, misery or hunger.

The film takes you to an unusual world through the eyes of children. They show you that even in the darkest of times and most difficult of situations it is possible to find happiness and hope.

The film has been made with children from 7 non-profit organizations across Mumbai. We shall be releasing one story every month on this web-site. To follow the film, please subscribe. Please share the link of this page to help us spread the word about Jadui Pankh.

More comedy hindi films from Jadui Pankh collection

Jadui Pankh (Magic Feather) is a fun film for the entire family. The film is made up of 7 interlinked stories. These are stories of magic and adventure, of friendship and mischief, of courage and a clever ghost. (All films have english subtitles)

Story number 2Haunted House – A comedy film about a boy named Radio who decides to spend a night at a haunted house to win a bet. Watch now>

Story number 3: Cricket Match – A short film about one of the most interesting cricket matches ever played. Whether you love cricket or not, you’ll love this film. Watch now>

Story number 4: Bombay – A short film about two street magicians who stop a gang of terrorists from planting a bomb. Watch now>

Magic Feather and many other stories:

     More films coming soon!