Tukdam

Tukdam

Domestic title:
Tukdam
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Script:
Donagh Coleman
Director:
Donagh Coleman
Producer:
Kaarle Aho
FFF support:
€130000
Budget:
€500000
Description:
In Tukdam, Tibetan Buddhist meditators die consciously in meditation. Though declared clinically dead by doctors, their bodies show no signs of decay for days or even weeks after passing. The meditators often stay sitting upright, their complexion remaining fresh and lifelike. Warmth is frequently reported around the heart area. According to tradition, all the above are signs of the meditator abiding in a subtle state of consciousness, which continues beyond physical death. After days or weeks of remaining in this post-mortem state, the body suddenly collapses, and the usual processes of decay rapidly take over – traditional signs that the meditation has finished, and the consciousness departed.  This episodic documentary chronicles in intimate detail the extraordinary passing of a few meditators (example episodes below). In addition to its silent main characters, the film features a colourful cast of witnesses affected by their close encounters with the deaths.
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