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David Lynch Foundation world premiere of new film: 'Saving the Disposable Ones' - Transcendental Meditation helping Colombian children

David Lynch Foundation, USA    Translate This Article
1 April 2010

On April 8th, the David Lynch Foundation will premiere a new documentary, 'Saving the Disposable Ones,' produced and directed by the award winning BBC documentarian, Stuart Tanner.

This documentary presents a journey through the streets of Colombia where Father Gabriel Mejia is transforming the lives of abandoned children by providing shelter, love, and Transcendental Meditation. Father Gabriel will be in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, for this one-night showing and will have a question and answer discussion following the screening.

Director Stuart Tanner will introduce the film and everyone is invited to join Father Gabriel for the question and answer session. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.*

When and where:
Thursday, April 8, 2010, at the Sondheim Center for Performing Arts in Fairfield.
Doors open at 7:15pm; the film begins at 7:45pm.

About the documentary:
The film documents the work of Father Gabriel Mejia. Starting in Medellin, Colombia, in the mid-1980s, Father Gabriel opened the first Center de Hogares Claret: a place where children could come for a good meal and a safe place to sleep.

In the late 1980s, he traveled to the United States where he learned Transcendental Meditation. He knew immediately that he had found the answer to the overwhelming stress the children suffered from living on the streets.

As the power of the drug cartels waned, the number of Father Gabriel's orphan shelters increased. Now, in 2010, there are 47 shelters under Father Gabriel's direction, which are spread across all of Colombia.

As the film documents, over time an extraordinary transformation in the lives of the children takes place. They are freed from the torments they endured living on the streets, recover from their drug addictions, and begin to gain an education.

The David Lynch Foundation has currently provided over 120,000 scholarships around the world, including tens of thousands in Latin America. The proceeds from this premiere will go towards the David Lynch Foundation programs in Latin America, including Father Gabriel's Foundation, providing Transcendental Meditation instruction to at-risk populations. The program is offered on a voluntary basis, at no cost to the school or organization.

For a trailer of this documentary, please visit Saving the Disposable Ones.

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* The announcement for the event notes that the film may not be suitable for young children.

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