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  • Actors: David Lynch, Judith Bourque, Donovan, Raja Emanuel, Raja Felix
  • Directors: David Sieveking
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: GoodMovies
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PSZFVM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,730 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Germany released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Every filmmaker dreams of meeting their favourite director. So when aspiring filmmaker David Sieveking had the opportunity, he begins his film David Wants to Fly with a trip to the United States to hear David Lynch speak about his passion for Transcendental Meditation, a movement founded by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi-who also inspired, among others, The Beatles and Donovan. Sieveking is granted an interview with Lynch, who encourages him to try meditation for himself, as a means for personal success. Sieveking follows this advice and it seems to work for a bit: he does get financing for his film script, but then his girlfriend moves away to New York. And as Sieveking delves deeper into the Transcendental Meditation organization after the death of the Maharishi, he witnesses an ugly power struggle in the upper echelons of the movement and begins to see TM as a corrupt business and quite possibly a scam. At first, Sieveking is given almost complete access to the organization and the Rajas, or 'executives'; as soon as he starts asking questions, they try to stop his film. The film is an odd and yet engaging combination of personal discovery and doc investigation. Sieveking is the main character in this story, as well as the director; this is often a recipe for a bad doc, but Sieveking uses the technique to his advantage.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P MASON on 9 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
A whole bunch of surprises meet the audience of this well-researched critical view of the organisation which promotes the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM). This quasi-documentary is not so much an attack on the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or TM, as an attempt to understand some of the thinking that emerged in Maharishi's latter and more eccentric years. It does the job well, frequently offering the evidence without comment. David's presence at a meeting when a voice of dissent within the TM movement, that of Brahmachari Nandikishore, was quite literally silenced was timely, and the resulting footage quite chilling. The appearance towards the end of the film, of one of Maharishi's contemporaries, Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati, was both rare and informative.
Altogether this movie takes a sober peek behind the scenes of a very wealthy organisation and poses reasoned questions about some of its ideology.
My only criticism is that perhaps it would have been a stronger documentary had it been made by someone who had more experience as a meditator, and a longer exposure to the TM movement itself, for there were times when the documentary felt thin.
The film would not be likely to put many TM practitioners off their practice, and hopefully it will bring more meditators to ponder issues which seldom come to light in the public arena. Well done David!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.Malina on 6 Jun 2012
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If your thinking this is a boring amateur type thing, you are very wrong. This documentary is very engaging with beautiful natural scenes ( I really mean it! ) and rare interviews with David Lynch that I found fascinating to watch. I sat on the edge of my seat throughout the whole movie, constantly being surprised by the many many different scenarios and events from all areas of the TM organisation. Whether it's an interview with the million dollar donor of TM or a footage of the yogic flying in the domes.

I think that the director was extremely lucky to have been able to witness and record the key events in the organisations history such as Maharishis death. Myself included as well as others I know who practise TM did not know a lot of the information presented in this documentary. Whether you do or do not do TM, be prepared to be surprised and shocked. The documentary is not judgemental or critical, mostly leaving the viewer to make up his own conclusions about the information presented. It does not stur up negative emotions. It does leave you pondering the deeper questions and wanting to find out more. I found it a great learning experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms. F. A. Melvin on 1 Jun 2013
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This is a fantastic piece of work and very revealing to those who have eyes to see. This has been a long time coming and l say this as someone who practiced t h e technique for 20 + years and who has had unpleasant experiences in the TM movement.This film very gently shines a light on the moneymaking racket TM is. Be afraid be very afraid. Don't do it .If you're thinking about it watch this first.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Nothing to get hung up about 9 Nov 2011
By P MASON - Published on Amazon.com
A whole bunch of surprises meet the audience of this well-researched critical view of the organisation which promotes the practice of Transcendental Meditation (TM). This quasi-documentary is not so much an attack on the teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi or TM, as an attempt to understand some of the thinking that emerged in Maharishi's latter and more eccentric years. It does the job well, frequently offering the evidence without comment. David's presence at a meeting when a voice of dissent within the TM movement, that of Brahmachari Nandikishore, was quite literally silenced was timely, and the resulting footage quite chilling. The appearance towards the end of the film, of one of Maharishi's contemporaries, Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati, was both rare and informative.
Altogether this movie takes a sober peek behind the scenes of a very wealthy organisation and poses reasoned questions about some of its ideology.
My only criticism is that perhaps it would have been a stronger documentary had it been made by someone who had more experience as a meditator, and a longer exposure to the TM movement itself, for there were times when the documentary felt thin.
The film would not be likely to put many TM practitioners off their practice, and hopefully it will bring more meditators to ponder issues which seldom come to light in the public arena. Well done David!
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Flying Down TM's Rabbit Hole 14 April 2011
By askolnick - Published on Amazon.com
Eager to make dark films like director David Lynch, the wet-nosed German film maker David Sieveking wanted to "fly" in his idol's footsteps. This desire took him on an amazing trip down the rabbit hole of Transcendental Mediation, where the followers of their late-guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi are working -- and bouncing -- their butts off to build the Heaven on Earth promised them by the "giggling guru" of Beatles fame.

Like Alice's encounters with the ludicrous characters of Wonderland, who recite the ridiculous in ways that oddly seem to make sense, the young film director and star encounters a lot of characters who say and believe as many truly absurd things as they can possibly fit into a day.

It's hard not to laugh watching young, athletic students at Maharishi University of Management compete for awards for hopping the highest and or longest distance across foam mats -- believing that they're actually flying through the air, empowered by enlightenment gained through the practice of TM's more advanced meditation technique called TM-Sidhi (which costs another $5000 to learn above the $2500 for the basic technique that won't get you airborne). It's even funnier watching a TM apologist explain why the aged guru -- who has obtained the highest level of enlightenment needed to hover and fly like a bird -- won't publicly demonstrate "yogic flying." Maharishi is too humble a man to show off his powers, P.T. Barnum explains.

I'm just sorry Mr. Sieveking missed a golden opportunity for another enlightening laugh. Bevan Morris, a real heavy weight in the TM empire, is well, a real heavy weight. He appears many times in Mr. Sieveking's superb documentary. I would have loved to see Mr. Morris decline an invitation to demonstrate the TM-Sidhi meditation technique -- which he and other TM leaders claim is essential for bringing peace and prosperity to all nations. Alas, the only people who demonstrate yogic flying by bouncing on their backsides with legs crossed in a lotus position, are thin, athletic young men. It is doubtful that the bountiful Bevin Morris can even cross his legs in the lotus position, let alone "lift off the ground with effortless thought."

This film is equally a story about a young man's journey from a hero-worshiping follower to a talented and independent film maker, who was not only able to learn from his mistakes, but to grow as well, as he takes us along on an amazing journey. Mr. Sieveking could have easily skewered the mind-bogglingly silly people he interviewed, but he didn't. He treated them gently and let their silliness speak for itself. "David Wants to Fly" is blessed with a lot of self-deprecating humor and humanity and is deserving of all the kudos it is receiving. I just hope the TM movement's law suit threats won't keep this film out of the United States.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sweet, sad and delightful documentary of discovery 10 Mar 2013
By Fred Houpt - Published on Amazon.com
Finally got to watch this documentary and I really liked it. As someone who did TM and the Siddhis a long time ago and knows full well some aspects of the inner workings of the movement I found his attention to seeking out the deeper layers of the story very well done. One could deflect criticism that he didn't cover enough or go deeply into this or that chapter but it would have detracted from the overall impact. There is an obviously delightful self conscious and youthful vigor to his journey which places his relationship with his girlfriend as a foil to his bumpy relationship with TM and the movement. David Lynch is not parodied or shown to be foolish though the opportunities were abundant to indulge. I believed David's honest yearning to get answers. What he didn't count on was that his quest would reveal the rabbit hole and boy, what a strange labyrinth that was.

David showed a bit of gonzo film making acumen by doing what he had to in order to investigate the sprawling Vedic communities both in the USA and India. He didn't come away as empty handed as he himself thought and the facts speak for themselves. Several people that he tracked down really added power to his story. The gentleman who was attached to MMY in the early years as a carrier of the holy animal skin talked openly of his painful rejection by what appears to be a money hungry and tempestuous, maybe heartless, guru. The single largest contributor to the movement, who gave upwards of 150 million (if I recall) did not pull any punches with how bitter his memories were, by first referring to Maharishi by his secular name "Mahesh". For those who understand the implications, to be called Mahesh is quite a slap to the head. He himself got fed up with giving enormous amounts of money to Maharishi only to have the guru admit to him in private that he had no idea if seven or eight thousand "fliers" living together in one spot would herald world peace; this was in direct contrast and opposite to everything he was saying in public. The temptation to call him a liar and a shyster was there but he didn't say so. We get the point. Finally, tracking down Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati, a devote also of "Guru Dev" was incredible and handled with great tenderness, respect and facility. The old yogi made it quite clear how he remembered Maharishi's standing in the pecking order around Guru Dev. What spoke strongest was his statement that Guru Dev's ashram had a sign up that said that donations of money were not allowed. The other comment was that Maharishi had no standing in the Swami order to be giving out mantras, let alone doing so for money.

It is quite understandable that the TM movement felt threatened by this film. Over time, if they follow most other large groups in the wake of the death of a founder, they too will probably fragment into combative and competing parties and over the long haul will fade away. I found the film honest, amusing, entertaining, insightful and dare I use the word, "enlightening". The truth should never be feared. Maharishi might have slept around, tossed egos about like he did the flowers always in his hands. He might have said one thing and done a completely other thing. He might not have lived according to moral principals that we sometimes associate with dignity and honor. On the other hand millions of people have been touched by some inner reality that (almost any) meditation technique will reveal. His teachings and overall outlook are hugely flawed and overly simplistic. But, that's a whole other story. The documentary was beautifully executed and I admire the overall conception. Well done.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If you are intereste in TM - you should see it 23 July 2011
By Brigitta Künzli - Published on Amazon.com
I saw the film on television - its really good - and it just shows the reality of what is all about ....... I like it! Everybody who is interested in TM should see it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Amusing expose 2 Mar 2014
By Sara Phillips-Ritchey - Published on Amazon.com
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Very clever! Innocence is the best form of subterfuge! Those sillies were so prepared for adulation, they didn't suspect this clever young man of gentle, scalpel sharp lambast. You will be astonished by the gold crowns, insane ego illusions and empty promises fueled by mega bucks!
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