Programma Della Mostra Challenging Impossibility di Milano

Dal 15 Al 24 Giugno dalle 10:00 alle 22:00

Via Vigevano, 1 – Alzaia Naviglio Grande, 4

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Eventi ospitati dalla mostra:

Venerdi 15 Giugno ore 20:00

Cerimonia di apertura con proiezione del film “Challenging Impossibility”


Sabato 16 Guigno ore 20:00

Arthada & Friends

Melodie ricche di gioia e pace interiore accompagnate da magici suoni orientali


Sabato 23 Giugno ore 20:00

Pure Joy

Arrangiamenti di brani musicali composti dal Maestro Sri Chinmoy


Challenging Impossibility recently won the Best Documentary Award at the Atlanta Shortsfest, Best Documentary at the Silicon Valley Film Festival, Best Documentary at the San Francisco Frozen Film Festival, Best Short Documentary at Duke City Docs, Special Jury Prize at the St. Regis Film Festival and Best Short Documentary at docMiami. The film also won the Silver Sierra Award at the 2011 Yosemite Film Festival.

Challenging Impossibility was recognized as a Best Documentary or Short Doc finalist or with a special recognition at the Silent River Film Festival, Central Florida Film Festival, Columbia Gorge Film Festival, LA Art House Film Festival, and Nevada City Film Festival.

Video Interview: Carl Lewis, Frank Zane and Sanjay Rawal on the Tribeca Red Carpet


At the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, we spoke with Olympian Carl Lewis, multi Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia pro-bodybuilder Frank Zane, and co-director of the film, Sanjay Rawal, about the documentary “Challenging Impossibility,” which chronicles the weightlifting odyssey of the spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy.

'Challenging Impossibility' at the 2011 Tribeca… by TheTVJunkie

NY Times Feature

A Monument to Strength as a Path to Enlightenment
April 25, 2011, 11:50 AM

An empty storefront at 18 Jay Street in TriBeCa became the temporary home of something called the Feats of Strength pop-up museum last week.

The exhibit just inside the entrance is a puzzling set of four squat, steel devices rigged with cables, pulleys and weights. They are custom-made weightlifting machines for Sri Chinmoy, who was your basic spiritual guru and powerlifter, and the subject of the museum…

Mr. Chinmoy advocated extreme physical achievements as a path to spiritual enlightenment, and he urged his disciples to nurture their spirituality by taking on seemingly impossible physical challenges. He performed his own strenuous feats to spread his message of world harmony and inner peace. He traveled the world lifting heavy objects — airplanes, schoolhouses, pickup trucks — and hoisted on a special lifting platform thousands of public figures, including Muhammad Ali, Sting and Nelson Mandela.

The museum was opened to coincide with the Tribeca Film Festival premiere last Friday of “Challenging Impossibility,” a short documentary about Mr. Chinmoy’s weightlifting made by two of his followers, Natabara Rollosson and Sanjay Rawal. In the film, a newscaster covering one of his bizarre lifting events describes him as “the Dalai Lama meets the Incredible Hulk.”

In it, the former Olympic sprinter Carl Lewis says that when Mr. Chinmoy lifts weights, “It’s like gravity stops.”

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NY 1 Television Feature

Spiritual Guru’s Strength On Display In TriBeCa
By: Kafi Drexel
A special Tribeca Film Festival and pop-up museum is celebrating the legacy of Sri Chinmoy, the Indian-born and Queens-based spiritual leader who literally tried to teach everyone what it meant to carry the weight of the world on one’s shoulders. NY1’s Kafi Drexel filed the following report.

Doing a wrist curl with up to a 270 pound hand weight or lifting a baby elephant all on your own may seem impossible, but they are examples of the iron-pumping spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy carried in his efforts to inspire the world.

Weightlifting was a mechanism he used to spread messages about world peace and finding strength from within. You can find some of the custom-made equipment Chinmoy used in the “Feats of Strength” in a pop-up museum linked to a Tribeca film about his quest, “Challenging Impossibility.”

“We’re hoping the film and exhibit inspire people to find this unlimited possibility inside themselves,” said “Challenging Impossibility” Co-Director Natabara Rollosson. “Here was a man in his 50s, 60s, 70s doing all these incredible feats. There’s a common cliche ‘mind over matter.’ And in his case, he was saying something a little bit beyond that. It’s actually ‘heart over matter.’ He would say if we could silence our mind, something inside of our heart can then come forward, which is really beyond our normal capacities.”

One of the first things that you see when you come into the pop-up museum is the standing calf raise which Sri Chinmoy used to set a record of lifting 2,400 pounds. That’s almost the equivalent of lifting an elevator packed full of people.

To further prove his point, Chinmoy would also stage public demonstrations to lift not just weights but other inspirational individuals from world leaders to film stars. He also influenced major athletes like Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis, and one of the world’s strongest men, Hugo Girard, who is featured in the film.

“My way of looking at the movie is not about lifting. It’s about trying to accomplish big things, even if you don’t physically have the body type to do it, maybe not even the genetic background to do it,” Girard said.

The exhibit and film will be running through the length of the festival.

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Opening Night

Challenging Impossibility premiered Friday April 22nd, with a star-studded red carpet event. The film’s cast, including 9-time Olympic Gold Medalist Carl Lewis, 3-time Mr. Olympia bodybuilding legend Frank Zane, 2002’s World’s Strongest Man Hugo Girard and former IFBB Chairman Wayne DeMilia, represented the film glowingly.

Also on hand were musical legends Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed.

Video excerpts of the after-party will be posted here shortly.

Video Interview of Directors Natabara Rollosson and Sanjay Rawal MOVIE NEWS
Tribeca Interview: Challenging Impossibility Directors Sanjay Rawal and Natabara Rollosson
Author: Perri Nemiroff

It’s one thing for a man or woman in his or her prime to bulk up and take part in the sport of weightlifting, but a 54-year-old spiritual teacher? That’s Sri Chinmoy for you, a man willing to push himself to the limits in order to show the world that anyone can reach their maximum potential.

Even though Chinmoy is no longer with us, his legacy certainly lives on and filmmakers Sanjay Rawal and Natabara Rollosson are doing their part to preserve his teachings as well. Their short documentary, Challenging Impossibility, uses archival footage as well as new interviews to tell the tale of how Chinmoy did the impossible, picking up an unusual hobby, excelling at it and continuing to wow and inspire the world lifting everything from weights to celebrities to elephants well into his 70s.

In honor of the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, Rawal and Rollosson sat down to tell us all about their personal experience working with Chinmoy and celebrating his accomplishments in Challenging Impossibility as well as the potential of developing their short into a longer form piece.