David Wants to Fly

David Wants to Fly

           David Wants to Fly
               Genre: Documentary
               Berlinale 2010, Yogi, David Lynch, Transcendental Meditation, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

with David Lynch on the trail of the flying man

  David Lynch is probably pretty much any filmmakers an idea. His works have inspired a whole generation of young filmmakers. So also David Sieveking. Fresh from film school, he is now looking for a good project, an idea for his first work. But the inspiration it let you down. So he turns to his Filmguru David Lynch, who happens to hold in a small town in the U.S., a talk on Transcendental Meditation (TM). What not many know that the director has for decades been supporters of this theory, invented by none other than the icon of 1960s Hip-mysticism Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Really known was that, as the Beatles and Mia Farrow with him meditated and spent several months with him in India. There she learned Maharishi Yoga techniques, which later under the name Transcendental Meditation (TM) have been known and widely used worldwide. If, therefore, in a sense of crisis and be a role model recommends a bit of time to meditate for inner peace, then you are doing das.

For example, David Sieveking embarks on the path of a TM-pupil, with the first a donation of a considerable sum of money begins. That leads to him on the enlightened path of the master and teaches him to meditate, which – as the theory – once for yogic flying can serve. Sieveking be documented with the gentle irony on himself a better person. This path also leads him to be in the TM headquarters to other supporters and also repeatedly to David Lynch. As long as the young filmmaker is willing to believe uncritically what he hears he will always be invited friendly. But Sieveking begins to doubt and goes to the question of whether TM is not actually a cult.

The documentation is therefore twofold. On one hand it is about the history and recent events happening around the TM, the other is about the director himself, his life and his relationship moves into the foreground, and thus the personal page tries to portray a TM practitioner. However correct this may succeed him not exist. This Sieveking is interested in Berlin as a cool young filmmakers represent that rotates with offhand humor, his films and they fit the currently popular “take Just not too serious” label is. Interestingly, he starts but that a small piece of a whim, and shows a little out of young media and film scene, which is just beginning to create a new wave of German cinema. That is not uninteresting, but hardly fit in the other part of the documentation: the question of whether TM is now a cult and what happened there behind the scenes. Here Sieveking tried researching possible extensive and lucky. He was granted admission to the headquarters, he may confer several times with David Lynch and is even at the funeral ceremony of Maharishi site. Herrlich the recordings from the Urania in Berlin, when a TM representative said it had bought the Devil’s Mountain, in order to settle yogic flying, which meditate on the “invincible Germany”.

David wants to Fly is a very interesting, if not constant documentation that is worth seeing but only because the object of their investigation.

(Beatrice Behn)

Title: David Wants to Fly Country of production: Germany, Switzerland, Austria Year of Production: 2010 Length: 96 (Min.) Distribution: New Visions

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