In this REFUGE film clip, directed and produced by John Halpern, film director, Martin Scorsese (KUNDUN, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, CASINO, TAXI DRIVER, GOODFELLAS) describes his experience of working with the Tibetan 'actors' as being like a retreat. He describes his personal development while making KUNDUN (the story of the Dalai Lama's life in and eventual exile from Tibet) as it was impacted by his contact with Buddhism..

Enjoy these selected clips from REFUGE, a 57 minute documentary about the story of Buddhism coming West and the transformation of two cultures, at the birth of the 21ST Century.

This, as well as other REFUGE clips here on Vimeo, are part of the documentary film (REFUGE), completed in 2006.

REFUGE premiered at the Quad Cinema in Manhattan, National Film Board of Canada and the Bloor Cinema, in Toronto and at numerous film festivals, worldwide such as Breckenridge, IDFA, Century City, and more.

REFUGE is now being re-written as a 90 minute non-fiction drama and is seeking funding.

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-----------CREDITS + CONTACT INFO------------

Executive Producer:
D.B. Pictures

Writer/ Narrator:
Les Levine

Composer :
Steve Reich

Camera :
Wayne De Laroche
Liz Dory
Rahul Ranadive

Michael Dobsevage

John Halpern, U.S.

CONTACT: John Halpern

MDS Productions
41 Union Square / Suite 1326 / New York, NY 10003
Phone/Fax: 212 929 0596 Cell: 917 991-9279

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