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Vipassana, which means to see things as they
really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation.
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East Meets West in the Deep South
East meets West in the Deep South. An overcrowded maximum-security prison - the end of the line in Alabama's correctional system - is dramatically changed by the influence of an ancient meditation program.
Behind high security towers and a double row of barbed wire and electrical fence dwells a host of convicts locked away from the outside world, many for life. But for some of these men, a spark is ignited when it becomes the first maximum-security prison in North America to hold an extended Vipassana retreat, an emotionally and physically demanding course of meditation lasting ten days, nine in silence.
The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it documents the stories of prison inmates at Donaldson Correction Facility who enter this arduous program. This film, which dismantels stereotypes about men behind prison bars, "gives you hope for the human race." in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking;).
The book Letters from the Dhamma Brothers contains letters written during a four-year period after this course by 15 inmate-meditators. The letters offer direct and intimate access to their thoughts, struggles, dreams and triumphs after taking part in this intensive, voluntary program. Corrections officers, wardens, judges and others ask: "Can this program really reform such hardened inmates? Will the changes last?" These letters will help you decide for yourself if their transformations are real or not.
Collector's Edition Includes: feature length film, one hour of never-before-seen footage including personal conversations with the Dhamma Brothers, their families, and the meditation teachers about their lives in prison and Vipassana practices and digital widescreen presentation of the theatrical trailer.
Genre: Documentary, Run Time: 76 minutes, Unrated, NTSC (Standard 4:3, Aspect 1.33:1), Color, Language: English, Subtitles: English - Amharic - Arabic - Burmese - Chinese (Traditional) - Chinese (Simplified) - Czech - Dutch - Farsi - French - German - Greek - Italian - Japanese - Khmer - Korean - Latvian - Malaysian - Norwegian - Polish - Portuguese - Romanian - Russian - Spanish - Swedish - Thai - Turkish - Vietnamese
Home-use only. This DVD is NTSC. Find the PAL version here.