San Diego Screening of Vaklush – May 12

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San Diego Screening of Vaklush – May 12

May 12 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

The documentary Vaklush by Nikolay Vasilev was shot over nearly 25 years and tells the story of the life and ideas of the renowned Bulgarian spiritual teacher Vaklush Tolev.

Often called A Teacher of Wisdom, Vaklush Tolev studied theology and was a lecturer and author of many religious, cultural, philosophical and historical texts. Persecuted and imprisoned during the communist regime, he teaches that suffering is actually spiritual development and that evil is unevolved good.

Nikolay Vasilev is a prominent Bulgarian filmmaker whose documentaries have won numerous awards. His meeting with Vaklush Tolev while Vasilev was a first-year film student, marked the beginning of more than 20 years of documenting the exceptional life of the spiritual teacher, and of the filmmaker’s own spiritual journey.

Vaklush premiered at the Sofia International Film Festival in 2023, where it became the most-watched documentary. Since then it has been shown in multiple festivals around the world and has won 9 awards in different countries.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.

Документалният филм „Ваклуш“ на режисьора Николай Василев е сниман в периода 1998-2022 г. и представлява разказ за житейския път и идеите на една от най-енигматичните личности на България – известния духовен водач Ваклуш Толев.

Наричан Учителят на Мъдростта, Ваклуш Толев е богослов по образование, обществен деятел, лектор и автор на множество трудове с религиозно-философска и културно-историческа тематика. Преминал през затвори и лагери на комунизма, той твърди че страданието не съществува, то е развитие, и учи, че няма зло – то е нееволюирало добро.

Автор на „Ваклуш“ е Николай Василев – един от най-изявените режисьори документалисти в България, чиито филми са носители на десетки награди. През 2019 г. излезе филмът му „Формулата на Тео“, посветен на известния учител по физика от Казанлък – Теодоси Теодосиев. Срещата му с Ваклуш Толев, докато Василев е първокурсник по режисура, е поставила началото на повече от 20 годишно заснемане на уникални документални кадри от живота на Учителя и на духовното развитие на самия режисьор.

Премиерата на „Ваклуш“ бе на София Филм Фест през 2023-а година, където стана най-гледаният документален филм. Oттогава е показван в многобройни фестивали в целия свят и вече има 9 награди от Америка, Франция, Индия, Швеция и Швейцария. Във филма участват много видни личности от България.

 След прожекцията ще има среща с режисьора.


Digital Gym Theater

1100 Market St
San Diego, California 92101 United States
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Parking: There is a parking garage in the same building as the theater. The entrance to the garage is on 11th street, between G St. and Market St. on the West Side of the building. The rate is $5 for 3 hours. You must tell the attendant that you are going to a movie at Digital Gym in order to get this rate. Guests must park in spaces labeled “UCSD PARKING”.

You can access the cinema from the second level of the garage (one level below entrance) via two elevators. The theater is on the 2nd floor. Please note, access to other levels is not permitted.


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