'Hannah' tells the story of Buddhist pioneer Hannah Nydahl and her life bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. From her idealistic roots in 1960's Copenhagen to the hippie trail in Nepal, Hannah and her husband Ole became two of the first Western students of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa - the first consciously reincarnated lama of Tibet in 1110. Hannah went on to become an assistant and translator for some of the most powerful Tibetan lamas and a bridge between Buddhism in the East and the West.
|Release Date||:||November 14, 2016|
|Director||:||Marta György-Kessler, Adam Penny|
|Writers||:||Marta György-Kessler, Adam Penny|
|Casts||:||Esther Fallon, Susannah Harker, Villads Vestergaard|
|Plot Keywords||:||woman director|
Very well made documentary showing the life of Hannah Nydahl, a student of the 16. Karmapa and wife to the Buddhist teacher Lama Ole Nydahl. Definitely a must watch for all interested in the period after Buddhism got nearly extinguished in the Tibetan mountains. The devotion of Hannah and her husband moved mountains and helped Vajrayana Buddhism to survive the genocide the Chinese brought over Tibet.
Hannah Nydahl was one of the few Westerners who at the time of Flower Power could recognize the vast values and qualities of Buddhist practice beyond all exotica. Her activity to give a broad audience the access to the Tantric teachings of Buddhism is touching and really inspiring. The documentary wins with its authentic protagonists and the historical footage of Buddhism spreading from the Himalayas to the West.