Tukdam: Between Worlds

Fri 08 July / Pálás 1 / 13:30

2022 / Estonia, Finland & Ireland / 91 min / Documentary

Most of us think of death as something clear-cut, and that medical science has it neatly figured out. This feature documentary explodes such assumptions through its exploration of a phenomenon that blurs life and death to an unprecedented degree.
“A cinematic journey into an encounter between vastly different knowledge systems around fundamental principles of life and death.” — WF

In what Tibetan Buddhists call “tukdam”, advanced meditators die in a consciously controlled manner. Though dead according to our biomedical standards, they often stay sitting upright in meditation; remarkably, their bodies remain fresh and lifelike, without signs of decay for days, sometimes weeks after clinical death.
Following ground-breaking scientific research into tukdam, and taking us into intimate death stories of Tibetan meditators, the film juxtaposes scientific and Tibetan perspectives as it tries to unravel the mystery of tukdam.

World Premiere

Followed by Q&A with director Donagh Coleman.

Director: Donagh Coleman
Producers: Martha O’Neill, Kaarle Aho & Pille Rünk

Principal funder