Plays In: Documentary Shorts Program 1
2011 | 30 min | Short Documentary
Directed by: Natabara RollossonUSA
Cast & Credits
Challenging Impossibility chronicles the weightlifting odyssey of an unlikely strength athlete, the Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. A multifaceted savant, Sri Chinmoy lectured at major universities, wrote hundreds of books, exhibited his paintings in galleries worldwide, offered meditations regularly for United Nations staff and delegates, performed free concerts of his own music for peace at venues ranging from Lincoln Center to the Sydney Opera House, and sponsored a variety of marathons and ultramarathons.
For Sri Chinmoy, weightlifting was yet another channel to exhibit the true potential of human beings. Perhaps more striking than all his other achievements in art, music and philosophy, his weightlifting exploits provided undeniable visual proof of the true power we all hold within.
Challenging Impossibility features these bodybuilders as well as Carl Lewis, World' s Strongest Man Hugo Girard and appearances by Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Sting, and Susan Sarandon.
About the Director
NATABARA ROLLOSON has over a decade' s experience producing events and campaigns within the United Nations family. His work has included film and PSA production for notables ranging from Ed Norton to Julia Roberts on a wide range of topics including environmental awareness and interfaith action. Natabara also contributed to Angelina Jolie' s documentary A Place in Time.
SANJAY RAWAL is a consultant to nonprofits and government who took up filmmaking after serving as a consultant to the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. His directorial debut Ocean Monk, about the search for peace and surf amidst the urban sprawl and desolate winter beaches of New York City, premiered in the fall of 2010 at the NY Surf Film Festival and won an award at the 2010 St. Louis International Film Festival. It is currently touring festivals worldwide.