Join us for the world premiere of MANTRA – SOUNDS INTO SILENCE, at the Illuminate Film Festival, followed by a 9 min Documentary short, Yoga in Sedona by Wari Om.

Photo by Wari Om from, “Yoga in Sedona” short film

“Like a seed planted with the intention of blossoming into a beautiful perennial, a mantra can be thought of as a seed for energizing an intention. Much in the same way you plant a flower seed, you plant mantras in the fertile soil of practice. You nurture them and over time they bear the fruit of your intention.” – The Chopra Center

Films sponsored by: Sedona Yoga Festival

Did you know? Mantra is The Sacred Language of Sanskrit

In our westernized, modern-day spiritual practices the word “mantra” has become as mainstream as “intention.” But the two are actually quite different. The word mantra can be broken down into two parts: “man,” which means mind, and “tra,” which means transport or vehicle. In other words, a mantra is an instrument of the mind—a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation.

 Documentary Feature  SPAC Main Theater  Friday, Jun 2, 6:45 pm

This full-length feature documentary about the practice of Kirtan chanting shares the stories of two American women who discover Bhakti Yoga and who experience healing and a sense of inner peace by singing mantras with others. Through chanting, they experience feelings of unconditional love and connection. The film accompanies the women as they delve further into the healing qualities of this practice, finding that chanting is not only a pleasure, it is also deeply therapeutic. The film features performers such as Deva Premal & Miten, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Snatam Kaur and MC Yogi. We see how they came to embrace the practice of Kirtan and how it transformed their lives. This film is about spirituality, not religion. It’s about people reconnecting with their true selves and finding meaning in their lives.

FOLLOWED BY: A Q&A with director Georgia Wyss, executive producer Howard Glasser, artist C.C. White Soul Kirtan and Jen Canfield from the Call and Response Foundation follows.

Cast & Crew Technical
Georgia WyssScreenwriter:
Georgia Wyss, Daniel Arvizu, Raymond McCormack, Ward SerrillExecutive Producers:
Robert J Barnhart, Charlie Cantrell, Howard Glasser, Adina Malveklint ,Ed Ritz, Urs Wyss

Raymond McCormack, Georgia Wyss

Wari Om, Jordi Azategui, Ismael Joyera

Georgia Wyss

Principal Cast:
Caren Fine, Catherine Rougerie, Krishna Das, Snatam Kaur Deva Premal, Miten and Manose, Nina Rao, Dave Stringer, Jai Uttal, Gaura Vani, MC Yogi

SpainRun Time:
85 minYear:



Photo by Wari Om

Preceded By:   Yoga In Sedona | USA | 2016 | 9 MinDocumentary Short

Directed By: Wari Om
Witness the magnificence of Sedona’s spectacular red rocks in a whole new light in this inspirational film depicting the spiritual essence of Sedona melded with the practice of yoga. Yoga photographer and filmmaker Wari Om expands the light of yoga around the world with his eye for nature, human grace and spirituality. (World Premiere)

Photo by Wari Om

REEL HEALING: Soulful Music Immersion

C.C. White Soul Kirtan’s distinct kirtan concerts have won her worldwide recognition as “The Queen of Soul Kirtan.” Get ready for a one of a kind, soul freeing, foot stomping, body swaying, heart opening, Divine Soul Kirtan experience!

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