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USA | 2011 | :28 | Documentary Short
Directed by: Natabara Mark Rollosson, Sanjay Rawal

CHALLENGING IMPOSSIBILITY chronicles the weightlifting odyssey of the late spiritual teacher and peace advocate Sri Chinmoy. Known worldwide for his message of oneness, Sri Chinmoy dedicated his life to inspiring people to go beyond their limits by using the strength developed through meditation. In this spirit, Sri Chinmoy offered hundreds of peace concerts at venues like Lincoln Center and Royal Albert Hall, gave lectures at institutions like Harvard and Oxford, wrote hundreds of books about philosophy and peace and sponsored a number of humanitarian outreach programmes.

Surprisingly, at the age of 53, the Indian-born mystic took up weightlifting. Already an advocate of the necessity of physical fitness in the spiritual life, the New York City-based Guru was inspired to demonstrate the tangible power of inner peace by performing incredible, but real feats of strength.

Sri Chinmoy's lifts were featured on hundreds of newscasts globally, including on CNN, Fox, ESPN and NBC affiliates. Some were standard. Others were designed to captivate. He lifted not only plate weights, but elephants, rock stars and airplanes.

CHALLENGING IMPOSSIBILITY focuses on an exhibition he held on 13 November 2004 where he lifted a total of 200,408 pounds. He was 73 years old at the time. In the audience were dozens of renowned strength athletes and bodybuilders.

Featuring: Bill Pearl, Frank Zane, Carl Lewis and Hugo Girard. Appearances by Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela.

Director: Natabara Mark Rollosson, Sanjay Rawal
Producer: Abakash Konoplaty, Bishwas Polissar, Michael Spencer, Sanjay Rawal
Editor: Sanjay Rawal
Director of Photography: Sanjay Rawal

Bill Pearl, Carl Lewis, Dan Lurie, Frank Zane, Hugo Girard, Judy Pearl, Mike Katz, Nadine Tremblay, Wayne Demilla, Bob Hein

Sanjay Rawal: Cinematographer/DP, Director, Editor, Print Return, Print Shipper, Producer, Submission Contact

Sanjay Rawal recently became involved in film after a decade of working in government relations and nonprofit consulting. His work took him to over 50 nations where he created grassroots initiatives in education, health and economic development. Sanjay continues to advise governments, NGOs and philanthropists through his consulting company Illumine. In 2008 he was an adviser to the producers of Tribeca Best Documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. His first short documentary Ocean Monk premiered in the fall of 2010 and has won awards at several festivals including the St. Louis International Film Festival. Challenging Impossibility is his second directorial effort.

Natabara Mark Rollosson: Director, Producer
Natabara Rollosson has over ten year's experience in high-level production of campaigns, initiatives and multimedia features. From his most recent work for the United Nations Development Programme in exploring critical issues of faith and environment, to his championing of children's rights through UNICEF, Natabara has worked with a number of groundbreaking luminaries including President Nelson Mandela and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon. Natabara's work has spanned advocacy, media, education, policy and film/video. He contributed to Angelina Jolie's documentary A Place in Time.