Produced and directed by filmmaker and founder of Life Arts Media Gennaro Ambrosino, Opening Dao is a short documentary film on Taoism and martial arts, filmed in China in 2009. Scholars, top martial artists and monks explain the principles of the way, a treasure of wisdom that survived thousands of years. The film highlights the interconnectedness between the philosophy and the natural world and how its principles manifest in certain martial arts and meditative arts.
The film contains exclusive interviews with Prof. Chad Hansen and Prof. Chris Fraser from the University of Hong Kong, Dr Wang Daoke from Wudang Taoist Association, Master Yuan Xiu Gang (Wudang Gong Fu Academy) and martial arts performances from Master Heng Wei (Tang Long Kung Fu), Master Yongxing Guan and the students of the Wudang Taoist Kung Fu Academy in Wudang Shan, China.
The documentary also features a master narrative of the Dao De Ching by Edward Petherbridge, former leading actor of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Gennaro Ambrosino is the founder of Life Arts Media, multimedia artist and filmmaker. He has a background in interaction design, multimedia and advertisement and a profound interest for self-knowledge, mystical traditions and esoteric teachings, which for almost 15 years led him to explore, study and practice some of the main conscious teachings kept alive through millennia, among which, Western Alchemy, Neo-Platonism and Renaissance Hermeticism, Anthroposophy, Gurdjieff's 4th Way, Shamanism and for the last decade his interests, studies and practices have been focused on Taoism, Qigong and Martial Arts. Life Arts Media has been a long time vision, first as a means to dedicate his skills to what he’s passionate about and considers meaningful. In 2009 he travelled to China (among other countries) to work on ‘Opening Dao’ (a short documentary film on Taoist philosophy and its link to certain martial arts), which was published, together with the launch of Life Arts Media, in 2010. He’s originally from Cuma (Cumae), near Neaples in Italy, where, according to the myth, one of the most known oracles of the ancient world used to reside, the 'Sibilla Cumana' (Cumaen Sibyl) and it’s also the town where ancient Greeks first landed, characterizing the region for a rich archaeological and cultural heritage which blends Latin and Greek history and mythologies. For his work for Life Arts Media and for his personal path, he had the chance to travel through Asia and South America, meeting, studying from, interviewing and filming shamans, monks and academic scholars as well as many authors and social and environmental activists in London, where he has been living for the last 13 years. He had the fortune to be able to follow his thirst for knowledge and at the same time share the fruits of his work and research through LAM. He’s a firm believer of the potential of new and alternative media and the power of everyday people who become the content creators and the news-makers, and that the possibilities we have today, with internet and social media, can be the arena where technology (when used wisely) meets spiritual and social evolution.
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