Support the creation of "Ösel" documentary, the story of Tenzin Ösel Hita Torres. A spiritual destiny between East and West.
In October 1987, an 18 month old boy from Grenada, Spain, was recognized officially as the reincarnation of a great Buddhist master, Lama Thubten Yeshe. Ordained as a monk, he spent his childhood in a Tibetan monastery in South India, studying 12 hours a day. At the age of 18, he decided to leave the monastery in order to discover the world outside the walls and began a brand new life in Ibiza, Spain. This is the story of Lama Tenzin Ösel Rinpoche, the inspiration behind Bernardo Bertolucci’s « Little Buddha ». Now 32, Ösel is about to start a new journey. He fell deeply in love and he just became a father of a little baby boy last september in Brasil.
And now for the first time, Ösel agreed to tell his story in this documentary.
@Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
This 90 minute documentary Project with Ösel is a very intimate film, the first project he accepted to do in many years. The film is an extraordinary journey between East and West, past and present, freedom and destiny, filmed with Ösel in his current life around the world, written like a confidence passed from a young father to his child.
This film is also an international feature documentary project, because Ösel’s relatives, -from his Spanish family to his westerner friends, his Brasilian partner, his Tibetan brothers and Buddhist masters- are living all around the world, in many different countries and many different cultures. They are all connected to his universal identity and to his unique destiny. In this documentary, everyone will speak in his or her own maternal language from their part of the world, and share memories and confidences mostly for the very first time.
Your participation through this crowdfunding will guarantee the independence of the film.
Ösel Hita Torres was born to Maria Torres and Paco Hita in Grenada, Spain, February 12th 1985. His name means "clear light" in Tibetan.
Maria and Paco had been part of a generation in the 70’s for whom western life didn’t provide the spiritual answer they needed. In 1977, they met one of the greatest Tibetan Buddhist masters in the West, Lama Thubten Yeshe, in Ibiza. « Lama Yeshe » dedicated his life to teaching Buddhism to westerners, especially hippies, and by the time he died in 1984, he had thousands of students from Europe, Australasia and America.
@Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Ösel was Maria and Paco’s fifth child and his birth came soon after Lama Thubten Yeshe’s passing. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who was Lama Yeshe’s closest disciple, had seen a western baby in a dream and soon came across baby Ösel. In Buddhism it is believed that great spiritual masters are able to choose into whom they are going to be reborn, and Lama Yeshe had a very close connection with Maria and Paco. A few months later Ösel was taken to Dharamsala, Northern India, and subjected to a series of traditional tests. In 1987, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him officially as a "tulku", a recognised reincarnation, and a very high status in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
@Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Ösel’s parents accepted that he had to be educated as a monk. At the age of 6, the little Spanish boy entered Sera Je Monastery in Southern India and would spend his entire childhood there, studying buddhism and Tibetan became his maternal langage.
@Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
By his late teens, Ösel started to be attracted to the outside world. He read Herman Hesse’s book «Siddharta », and longed to start exploring the West by himself.
At the age of 18, Ösel decided to leave the monastery, and discover a new life in Ibiza, Spain, and also in Canada, USA and Switzerland.
Today, Ösel is 32 and at another starting point. Last year he met Indila Dora, a beautiful Brazilian model and fell in love at first sight in Paris, France.
They just became parents of a little baby boy, Tenzin Norbu, born Sept 15th, in Brazil.
Anouk Burel, 40, is a french award winning documentary film maker. She has made over 40 documentaries for the premier public TV channel in France, France 2. Anouk won the best international documentary award in Ilaria Alpi festival, in Italy for a film about extreme poverty in the slums in Kenya (2010). She was the director of an original series about international photojournalists called « The Dark Room » (France 2). Anouk has known Ösel’s story since her childhood.
" I’ve known Ösel’s story since a very long time but we didn’t meet before last February. We met in a train, in France and it was very special to meet there for the first time, so unconventionally. I told Ösel that I would love to make a documentary about him one day and he agreed, even though he was used to declining such projects before. And here we are, in the beginning of a new journey altogether with Indila and baby Tenzin Norbu, and I hope that we can make it for the cinema, because Ösel is a truly beautiful human being, and I really want to share his inspiring story with you. I deeply thank him for his trust in this project. "
Waar dient de collecte voor
10 000 EUROS TO BEGIN THE FILM
The funds would allow me to begin the film during the first 6 months. It would cover essentially the transportation, 3 flights in Brazil, 1 flight in Italy, 2 or 3 flights in Spain, rental cars or taxis in the field, and a small budget for accomodation (each stay is more or less 1 week).
I can work with my personal camera but I still need to buy material, 4K memory cards (100 euros each), professional microphones (ZOOM 150 euros, HF 500 euros, Sennheiser MKE 200 euros), batteries, tripod, monopod and also huge hard drives 10 Terras (1500 euros) + 2 littles hard drives 2 terras for the field (300 euros).
50 000 EUROS TO MAKE THE FILM ALONE
The funds would help me to make the film alone, during the next years -but without editing costs. It would cover the transportation and accomodation costs. I would need to go several times in Brazil, and also in India (North and south India), Nepal, USA, Canada, Malaysia, several times in Spain and other destinations in Europe.
100 000 EUROS TO MAKE THE FILM WITH MY TEAM
This budget would allow me to do the same but with the help of my professional team when necessary : In many circomstances, I would need a DOP and/or a sound engeneer with me. It would be great to have the possibility to rent a camera with cinema lenses (c300+ 4 lenses + batteries is around 2000e a week for example) and professionnal sound material (around 100e a day, 700e a week ).
+ This would also cover the transportation and accommodation costs in different locations.
150 000 EUROS TO MAKE AND.... TO EDIT THE FILM !
This budget would also cover the editing of the film in a professional production studio for at least 8 weeks (90 minutes) and with a professional editor. + translation costs during weeks+ postproduction costs + films festivals costs.
I could also purchase photos and video archives of Ösel from various international TV companies, institutions or filmmakers and work with an archive researcher on this issue. This archive researcher would also need to buy his own huge hard drive 8terra. And finally I could also have a little budget for the music that I’d like to use in the film.
Generally, a higher budget means a better quality for the film, -better photography, better material, better sound, which is very important for a good documentary. It means also the opportunity to spend more time in the field, and more time during the editing process, which is very critical. A comfortable budget always gives the possibility of improving the film, and being more creative.
All the donations will be transferred to Anouk Burel, in order to make the film.
Please note that Kisskissbankbank charges 5% of the whole budget.
THANK YOU everyone who would make it possible !