"Compelling... enough to make a modern soul look inwards." - The New York Times
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 23, 2015
The much anticipated companion book and soundtrack album to the award-winning documentary AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda have just been released by Self-Realization Fellowship. The DVD of the film will be available for purchase beginning September 30, and digital rentals will be available starting October 15.
The highly acclaimed film, written and directed by Paola Di Florio and Lisa Leeman, and produced by CounterPoint Films, explores the life of world spiritual teacher Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the best-selling Autobiography of a Yogi and widely regarded as the father of Yoga in the West.
Grossing over $1.5 million at the box office and still playing in theaters in both the U.S. and Canada almost a year since its initial theatrical release in October 2014, AWAKE has also been a hit at festivals, garnering awards and accolades at the Maui Film Festival, Seattle International Film festival, Tel Aviv Spirit Film Festival, Dharamsala Film Festival, and Herat International Women’s Film Festival in Afghanistan, among others.
An intimate account of Paramahansa Yogananda’s personal journey in the West during a time of upheaval and change, AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda explores the stories of Yogananda’s childhood and spiritual training in India; his historic arrival in the U.S.; the challenges he encountered with racism and yellow journalism while teaching Western audiences; the betrayals he confronted; his breakthrough teachings on the link between science and spirituality, and the universality of religion; and the recognition he ultimately received for his pioneering role as the father of Yoga in the West.
The film features interviews with celebrated musicians Ravi Shankar and George Harrison, holistic health pioneer Deepak Chopra, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, Harvard Divinity School's Francis Clooney, S.J., and USC's Dean of Religious Life Varun Soni, and many others who have found inspiration in Yogananda's writings and teachings.
Film-related products now available for purchase at retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada, online, or directly from the publisher at http://www.srfbooks.org, include:
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda (film companion book)
Based on the film by Paola Di Florio and Lisa Leeman
The stunning companion book to Awake: The Life of Yogananda contains over 400 color and sepia images, including a considerable collection of rare archival photos of Paramahansa Yogananda, the full script, behind-the-scenes commentaries by the filmmakers, and sidebars on such subjects as the history and science of Yoga, the eightfold path of Patanjali, and Yoga and brain plasticity. The hardcover, large format book retails for $45.
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda – Music from the Soundtrack
A meditative and soulful experience that complements the film, AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda ‒Music from the Soundtrack consists of atmospheric music taken from Michael Mollura and Vivek Maddala’s original score, highlighted with special tracks from notable musicians Alanis Morissette, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Anoushka Shankar, and features the voice of the film’s subject, Paramahansa Yogananda. The tracks pay homage to the Swami’s heritage by incorporating traditional Indian melodies, combined with electronic ambiance throughout. Available in CD format for $14 or MP3 format for $9.99.
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda - DVD
The international DVD of the award-winning film Awake: The Life of Yogananda will be available from Self-Realization Fellowship beginning September 30, 2015, and is available for pre-order now. The DVD is in English language format with subtitle options in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Dutch, and Japanese and retails for $24.95. Digital rentals, priced at $4.99, will be available beginning October 15. Purchase of the DVD or digital rental is available from http://www.srfbooks.org.
AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA: Based on the Documentary Film by
Paolo Di Florio and Lisa Leeman
HARDCOVER. 288 PAGES
Release Date: September 1, 2015
AWAKE: THE LIFE OF YOGANANDA
MUSIC FROM THE ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
CD format $14.00, Digital MP3 format, $9.99
Running time: 59:25 minutes
Release date: September 1, 2015
AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda
Run Time: 86 minutes
Subtitles in Spanish, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Dutch, and Japanese
5.1 Surround/ Closed Captions/ Color
DVD Release date: September 30, 2015
DVD UPC: 5052-J3665