FORTY NINE DAYS a short film
Following death, according to Tibetan Buddhism, the spirit of the departed goes through a process lasting forty-nine days that is divided into three stages called "bardos." At the conclusion of the bardo, the person either enters nirvana or returns to earth for rebirth.
It is imperative that the dying individual remain fully aware for as long as possible because the thoughts one has while passing over into death heavily influence the nature of both the after-death experience and, if one fails to achieve nirvana, the state of one's next incarnation.
Stage one of the Bardo (called the "Chikai" Bardo), the bardo of dying, begins at death and extends from half a day to four days. This is the period of time necessary for the departed to realize that they have dropped the body. The consciousness of the departed has an ecstatic experience of the primary "Clear White Light" at the death moment. Everyone gets at least a fleeting glimpse of the light. The more spiritually developed see it longer, and are able to go beyond it to a higher level of reality. The average person, however, drops into the lesser state of the secondary "clear light."
In stage two (called the "Chonyid" Bardo), the bardo of Luminous Mind, the departed encounters the hallucinations resulting from the karma created during life. Unless highly developed, the individual will feel that they are still in the body. The departed then encounters various apparitions, the "peaceful" and "wrathful" deities, that are actually personifications of human feelings and that, to successfully achieve nirvana, the deceased must encounter unflinchingly. Only the most evolved individuals can skip the bardo experience altogether and transit directly into a paradise realm. Stage three (called the "Sidpa" Bardo), the bardo of rebirth, is the process of reincarnation.
Forty nine days is a short (30 mins) film by Periscope ( Martin Swinny ) Zozak International / B.W.F.© 2013
Forty Nine Days is a movie short (30 Mins) about the Tibetan Buddhism philosophy of the spirit as it departs the body from this world and the forty-nine days leading up to nirvana or back to earth for rebirth. I went into Forty Nine Days not knowing what to expect but by the end I enjoyed the journey.
Almost like a mash up song Forty Nine Days blended material together to tell the story and move the narrative forward. The scenes moved from story to almost a trance video of sorts back to story and so on in a very effective way to bring the audience along on this spiritual journey.
More journey then story, the concept was good for me and definitely a change of pace for the types of movies I usually end up watching. Every shot, clip and beat I wanted to pay attention to because I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss something, because I wasn’t sure where the story was going to take me.
Not really knowing anything at all about Tibetan Buddhism, rebirth or bardos Forty Nine Days provides some information on their YouTube page about the topic for those who want to have a more linear understanding of the images and the story going in to viewing. I choose to just jump right in the first time I watched the movie without having any knowledge and just go for a ride.
In the end Forty Nine Days was an effective artistic piece. The footage was unique, slightly creepy and powerful. The score, by Periscope, was on point and the edit was very solid. This was a very good effort by producer Martin Swinny and all that were involved.