Ram Dass, Going Home



Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 67%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 67%
IMDb Rating 7.0/10 10 1255 1.3K


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290.43 MB
English 2.0
23.976 fps
12 hr 31 min
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Reviewed by Horst_In_Translation 6 / 10

Always soothing, sometimes mind-changing

"Ram Dass, Going Home" is an American Netflix documentary from 2017 that is the first filmmaking credit for director Derek Peck here on imdb and for that, it is a pretty good achievement. This one takes us into the life and world of spiritual icon Ram Dass, at the final stages of his long life apparently. The one thing I liked a lot is that he narrated almost the entire thing himself. But as a negative consequence, i must also say that the one part where we hear somebody else feels pretty much out of the picture. In terms of the contents, some of it is really good, other moments feel a bit.. well not pretentious, but lets say not as educational and spiritual as they want them to be. But the overall outcome is still pretty good and I can see that this little film could even be mindblowing for some audiences. For me it was just good I guess. The ending was maybe the highlight, but there is more to it before that as well. I still believe that maybe it could have been a better idea for them had they chosen the 90-minute route. So we don't really find out about Ram Dass a lot, who he is and what he did in his life, whch means it helps if you knew him before watching this one and I must say I did n ot which may have hurt my overall perception a little bit. And I am pretty sure most people here in Germany or Europe too have not heard of him. But the positive is definitely far more frequent than the negative. The music is really good too. In the end, it was a close call if I should choose 3 or 4 stars out of 5, but I went for the former. Maybe a rewatch will change my decision one day. Thumbs up and you really wanna check this one out.

Reviewed by taxiplasm 10 / 10

"Most of what we encounter are thoughts... without those projections I can see everything."

There is a tendency for most non-fiction films to spend far too much time elucidating historical exposition regarding the legacy of a subject, working just to prove to audiences that such a figure deserves a film about them in the first place. But thankfully this elegant cinematic exploration of the spiritual icon Ram Dass does not oblige itself to such conventions. Instead the film is patient and lyrical as director Derek Peck gives us only what we need to know as we are seeing a man's world unfold before us, confidently allowing space for the deeper lessons to gently exhume themselves and offering us the privilege to truly be in the room with Ram Dass. Peck's intentions are clearly not concerned with chronicling the details of his eighty-five years in this life, and there is certainly no interest with forcing a conflict-driven paradigm to the story, which most documentaries wrestle with. Rather, Peck's intentions seem to be more focused on pure presence. We watch a fragile man express a profound grace in the midst of what could be a tragedy for the rest of us: as a survivor of a stroke, paralyzed on one side of his body, with a band of caregivers helping with his every move as he miraculously insists to go deeper into his own spiritual practice with a warm smile across his face. His sagacity is not only in his words, but in his way of life. Shot with delicate poignancy and edited with a visceral awareness of the senses, sounds and images flow like a benevolent memory, increasingly building a profound weight to all that seems ordinary, with a feeling of boundlessness bursting from all around. From tiny lizard creatures, to the simplicity of a meal, to an infinitely expanding ocean, we see through the eyes of Ram Dass and his world, sensing life where we may not have seen it before, blooming in places we would have otherwise taken for granted. This may very well be the last time we see Ram Dass on screen and this viewer is certainly grateful he has been captured not as a didactic figure to be idolized, but as a simple man with sincere compassion.

Reviewed by kmferranti-59524 10 / 10

Grace and Love !!!!

Having known and being an Ayurvedic doctor to Ram Dass for may years, I love Him dearly. Director Derek Peck captured the essence and insight of the Spirit of Ram Dass, in such a gross yet subtle way. The film was an excellent example of a great Director who really knew how to zone on what is in the mind, heart and spirit of one of our Great Spiritual Teachers of the 21st Century. I love the part that Ram Dass explains His love for Hanuman and why His Guru, Neem Keroli Baba gave Him the sacred name, RAM DASS (The servant of the Hindu God RAM, from the epic story, The Ramayana). A great Powerful film, to raise the consciousness to a higher level, for everyone who experiences it !! Blessings to Director Derek Peck for bringing this into the Light. Love, Kanubhai dasa

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