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Husson University Presents the Documentary Film The Dhamma Brothers

Date of Release: September 13, 2012

Husson University's School of Science and Humanities is proud to present The Dhamma Brothers, a dramatic documentary about teaching meditation in the Donaldson Correctional Facility, a high security prison in Alabama. The movie will be presented on Wednesday, September 26 at 7:00pm at the Gracie Theatre. A short presentation will precede the screening. The event is free and open to the public.

The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic tale of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of a small group of prison inmates who enter into an arduous and intensive program of meditation. Filmed directly inside the prison and during the “retreat”, The Dhamma Brothers candidly describes the challenges experienced by the prisoners, both in facing their emotions and in attempting to practice as Buddhist meditators in a largely Christian environment. This film, with the power to dismantle stereotypes about men behind prison bars also, in the words of Sister Helen Prejean (Dead Man Walking), "gives you hope for the human race."

Winner of Best Documentary at the San Francisco Film Festival as well numerous other festivals nationally and internationally, The Dhamma Brothers was called by Richard Gere, “a wonderful, powerful, and unsentimental film about incarcerated men getting below the surface of things.” The New York Times called The Dhamma Brothers “a thinking-head documentary about finding answers within for those who can’t get out.”

The Dhamma Brothers is presented by Nico Jenkins, Coordinator of Ethics and Philosophy in the School of Science and Humanities, and is the inaugural film of a documentary film series to be presented at the Gracie Theater at Husson University.

For more information regarding this release, please call Amanda Kitchen at 207-649-4647 or kitchena@husson.edu.

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