From India with Love is a documentary film about six Americans from diverse backgrounds who embarked on an epic 10-day journey to India in March 2016. The common denominator that binds them in this story is their unique exposure to violence and their desire to reinvigorate the conversation about nonviolence in America. All are strong personalities, who have done a lot of internal work and have chosen to be part of the solution by sharing their knowledge and activism in their respective communities.
The group included: a single mother whose son was brutally murdered in a tragic school shooting (Sandy Hook, Connecticut) and her best friend, a former gang member (Los Angeles, California), an educator (Newark, New Jersey), a social entrepreneur and a music scholar (both Black Lives Matter activists from Oakland, California).
The film shows how this trip to India renews their spirit and reaffirms their desire to open up a conversation about nonviolence: How nonviolence is an effective tool in curbing the destructive actions that destroys families, communities and debilitates nations. That violence cannot be answered with more violence and that it starts with conversation.
The journey begins in New Delhi coinciding with the historic World Culture Festival where over 3.5 million people from 150 countries have peacefully gathered. The group participates in the historic three-day festival absorbing the joy and peace amidst a spirited celebration of global music, dance and a meditation for world peace. A trip to Agra, the home of the monument of love—the Taj Mahal—follows the festival. Yoga, breathing and meditation exercises are an integral part of their daily routine as the journey progresses. The group stays in an ashram in Bangalore and has an intimate conversation with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a renowned global peacemaker and humanitarian. The group then travels together in a minibus that keeps the cohesiveness of their purpose intact. In the last leg of the journey, the minibus winds its way to the Ganges River in Rishikesh where the cold head-waters flow from the Himalayas. The group plunges into the icy waters, momentarily taking their breath, but recovering to ritualistically wash away the past and signify a renewal of their purpose. With tender tears, one of the participants fulfills a promise made to her mother to scatter her ashes in the holy Ganges.
This group of kindred spirits is led on the pilgrimage by a meditation teacher steeped in Eastern spiritual traditions, who has lived and worked in the Western world for over 20 years. He is also a peace activist who is deeply concerned about the growing intolerance, prejudice and senseless violence in America.