Director: Kirthi Nath | Producer: Kirthi Nath
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: United States
METTA (loving kindness) is a cine-magical journey through 35 handwritten journals, countless to-do lists, an eclectic collection, audio stories from tabla lessons to tarot card readings, and the exquisite practice of mindfulness and letting go. Tactile and dreamlike, yet imbibed with a very real practice of letting go, in this case, the 10 years chronicled in journals and to-do list were recycled after the making of the film. METTA is a sensory-based adventure in cultural poetics, intimacy, playfulness, an uninhabited love for storytelling, experimental-ism and the teachings of the Buddha.
METTA is part of the â€œSpirit Series,â€ a collection of experimental poetic documentaries inspired by Buddhist 'Vipassana' meditation practices, the dharma and â€˜moments of beingâ€™. Each film on its own is a meditation on specific elements of practice with different elements of life as fodder; death, seeking, memories, nostalgia, the imprint of famous speeches, films, other people and connection with the personal light within. Seen together, the films paint an exquisite experiential tableau of sensory-based explorations. Faith as an action, even when it feels unavailable (FLYING), the dance between holding on and letting go (LETTING GO), self-acceptance a la the practices of mindful attention, loving kindness and letting go (METTA), and refuge in the arms of meditation, love and interconnectedness (EMBRACE IT). Told with an attitude of curiosity, charm and subtle quirkiness, â€œThe Spirit Seriesâ€ is a celebration of the spirit, the ocean of the thousand sorrows and thousand joys, and the 84,000 possible doors to enlightenment.