The Gyalwang Drukpa and Michelle Yeoh Walk the Red Carpet for International Film Festival of India

Dec 03, 2013, 11:00 ET from Preface Consultancy Services

GOA, India, December 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

~ Michelle was the Chief Guest for IFFI Closing Ceremony ~

~ Michelle's film 'Pad Yatra - A Green Odyssey' screened ~

Michelle Yeoh, globally-renowned award-winning Hollywood actress walked the red carpet at International Film Festival of India. Michelle was the Chief Guest at the IFFI closing ceremony, and her film Pad Yatra - A Green Odyssey was also screened at IFFI. Michelle was accompanied by her spiritual master 'the Gyalwang Drukpa' who is the spiritual head of Drukpa Buddhists, and it is the Padyatra (walking pilgrimage) led by this great master that the film is based upon.

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  • Michelle Yeoh - Executive Producer
  • Director and Producer - Wendy JN Lee
  • Cinematographer - Ngawang Sodpa
  • Main cast - The Gyalwang Drukpa with ~700 monks, nuns and followers

PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey, with Michelle Yeoh as Executive Producer, captures the adventure of 700 people trekking across the Himalayas, sometimes in sub-zero temperatures with a call to save the planet's "3rd Pole," a glacial region now devastated by the climate chaos associated with global warming. The trek was made even more hazardous by rock slides and a freak snowstorm.

Speaking on the film, Michelle Yeoh said, "The film attempts to capture your mind, and bring about a perceivable change in the way we respond towards nature. I am batting for the environment - are you?"

This Padyatra (and many more), are an annual initiative undertaken by Live to Love, a global humanitarian organization under guidance and active lead of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, spiritual head of Drukpa Buddhists based in the Himalayas and founder - patron of Live to Love. His Holiness annually leads a team of around a 1000 monks, nuns and followers on walking pilgrimages, covering some 500 kms in 30 days - bonding with nature, and spreading the message of environment consciousness and peace. The journey is punctuated by spiritual insights amidst the obstacles along the way, renewing ancient wisdom for a modern context.

Speaking about the Padyatra, the Gyalwang Drukpa said, "The Padyatra is a call for action. Let us stop talking, and let us all take our small step towards a sustainable environmental practice. It was but a small step that landed mankind on the moon, and its steps like these that will ensure that we leave a greener and cleaner environment for the future generations."

Fighting illness, injuries, and starvation at altitudes above 17,000 ft, the story of PAD YATRA: A Green Odyssey is told through the perils and adventures the trekkers face as they struggle through the most treacherous terrain on the planet.

Battling the most treacherous terrain on the planet, the trekkers spread their message of ecological compassion through human's most basic means - by walking on foot, village to village, and showing by example.

Surviving harrowing injuries, illness, and starvation, they emerge with nearly half a ton of plastic litter strapped to their backs, triggering an historic green revolution across the rooftop of the world.

Pad Yatra has won ten International Awards, including Best Documentary and Audience Award Winner at three different festivals, and has been shown at numerous other festivals and at special screenings. It is a film that truly deserves to be seen and contemplated. Beyond its theatrical, festival, and special screenings, we hope that it will find a place on television, presumably on the Public Broadcasting Service, where it most certainly will find a sizeable audience, and catalyse far-reaching action and resultant positive impact on the environment.

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