Challenging Impossibility, with Ashrita Furman
Tuesday 10th November 2015
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Run and Become, 4a Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LN
FREE OF CHARGE
Inspirational talk and film night with Ashrita Furman
Ashrita has captured the public’s imagination by breaking Guinness world records under outrageous conditions and in the most exotic places. He currently holds more than 120 Guinness records, including the official record for holding the most records! Ashrita will share his life’s journey, how he has achieved these incredible records and also introduce a remarkable short film, Challenging Impossibility, about the man who has inspired him, his meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy.
Challenging Impossibility is based on one particular night, a public exhibition of strength during which Sri Chinmoy lifted a total of over 200,000 pounds in various styles. Witnessed by legendary bodybuilders like Bill Pearl, Frank Zane and Mike Katz, this exhibition demonstrated that neither age (Sri Chinmoy was 73) nor stature (Sri Chinmoy stood 5’8” and weighed 165 pounds) could limit one’s strength and power.
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More about the film
Challenging Impossibility has played in over 70 festivals and has had over 400 community screenings since its April 2011 premiere.
Winner: Best short doc: Atlanta Shorts Fest, Silicon Valley Film Festival, docMiami, Duke City Doc Fest, Special Jury Prize – St. Regis, Special Screening – World Forum on Aging
Running time: 28 minutes
Challenging Impossibility chronicles the weightlifting odyssey of an unlikely strength athlete, the Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy. From his arrival in the West in 1964, he quickly developed a large following of people from all faiths and all walks of life eager to learn meditation and unlock their own deepest potential. 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.
Sri Chinmoy received numerous awards for his landmark and often ground-breaking programs for peace and goodwill.
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. Sri Chinmoy's weightlifting captivated millions and was featured on thousands of news broadcasts worldwide.
Challenging Impossibility is based on one particular night, a public exhibition of strength during which Sri Chinmoy lifted a total of over 200,000 pounds in various styles. Witnessed by legendary bodybuilders like Bill Pearl, Frank Zane and Mike Katz, this exhibition demonstrated that neither age (Sri Chinmoy was 73) nor stature (Sri Chinmoy stood 5'8" and weighed 165 pounds) could limit one's strength and power.
Challenging Impossibility features these bodybuilding legends as well as Olympic immortal Carl Lewis, World’s Strongest Man Hugo Girard and appearances by President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sting, and Susan Sarandon.