At the edge of the new millennium, the Dalai Lama of Tibet invited 40 of the Western leading and most innovative thinkers in their respective fields to his residence tucked away in the Himalayan mountains of Northern India, to discuss the world’s problems and how they can solve them. This meeting brought about something unexpected and powerful, which was filmed by a crew of 18 people using 5 cameras. The Wakan Foundation for the Arts took the crew to India and shot more than 140 hours of video during the week-long meeting and exploration of the future of mankind-- sufficiently gripping and beautiful to make a powerful and cinematic programme. The resulting feature-length documentary, Dalai Lama Renaissance has already received a very positive response after its release and wide distribution in the second half of 2007. Dalai Lama Renaissance is narrated by actor Harrison Ford.
Producer-Director KHASHYAR DARVICH has won numerous awards for his documentaries and other projects that have been broadcast nationally on the History Channel, CBS, NBC, and Pbs. In 2000 he founded a non profit foundation, The wakan Foundation for the Arts, which has the mission of serving and inspiring humanity through the arts. Some of KHASHYAR's previous work include: The History Channel and PBS award-winning documentary BLACK HAWK WALTZ: TALES OF A ROCKY MOUNTAIN TOWN, about an eccentric COlorado mountain town , a true life Northern Exposure, The coach Parks documentary about a high School coach who devotes himself to helping the poor and to whom many professional athletes like Joe Montana come for physyca, personal and spiritual counselling; Saving the Redwoood Forests, a television PSA about saving the redwood Forests that has won 15 awards to date; and other projects.l