A film by Jamie CattoEveryone's busy being somebody - Ram Dass
A film by Jamie Catto
Presented by Love Serve Remember Films with Google Empathy Lab
Running time: 81 Minutes
Becoming Nobody is the quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings. His ability to entertain and his sense of humor are abundantly evident in a conversation that brings us around to address the vast question of ultimate freedom.
Becoming Nobody represents the core arc of Ram Dass’ teachings and life: whether as Dr. Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass who serves as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, he has defined a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth and wisdom. Through his turns as scion of an eminent Jewish family from Boston, rock-star Harvard psychologist, counter-culture rascally adventurer, Eastern holy man, stroke survivor and compassionate caregiver, Ram Dass has worn many hats on his journey, the narrative of which is revealed in this film.
In Becoming Nobody, historic clips balance an engaging conversation with director Jamie Catto. We come to understand how our old roles and disguises become increasingly burdensome. The film captures a loving man full of joy, wit, honesty and wisdom, at ease in conversation while sharing his considerable pains and pleasures. The life experiences that have freed him from the attachments of his ‘somebody-ness’ have transformed him into the radiant soul who now inspires a new generation.
Read the editorial on Ram Dass featured in the New York Times Magazine: Ram Dass is ready to die. , New York Time Magazine
“Here’s a chance for you to learn more about Ram Dass’ path, and how it might affect yours.” – Jeff Bridges, actor/producer
“This is an exquisitely beautiful movie, both profound and funny, as befits a movie about Ram Dass. It is evocative not only of his remarkable life, but of a timeless path that invites us to learn to tell the truth, love unconditionally, and be free.” – Sharon Salzberg, Author and teacher of Buddhist Meditation Practices in the West
“This film is an incredible historical document that chronicles the period of Ram Dass’ life before his stroke and presents the core of his teaching during that time. These are the very teachings that will carry Ram Dass across the ocean of suffering brought on by his stroke and the seeds that have come to fruition in his life today.” – Krishna Das, Grammy-nominated Kirtan artist & teacher
“Jamie Catto’s new gorgeous movie is a revelatory look through Ram Dass’ decades of wisdom-keeping. Comforting and yet still thrilling to us old-timers, ‘Becoming Nobody’ will bring his vibrant truths, transmissions, stories, humanity and humor to new generations.” —Anne Lamott, Novelist, Speaker & Activist
“You may have heard of Ram Dass. But do you KNOW Ram Dass? A better question is, do you KNOW yourself? This film shows us the soul of a man who offers us all a chance to see our own true selves in a clear and brilliant reflection. This isn’t a documentary you watch once, this is an ever-present guide star to help us find our way any time we feel lost.” – Aubrey Marcus, NYT Bestselling Author, Podcaster, Founder/CEO of Onnit
“With Ram Dass as it’s centerpiece, this film is not about him. He leads us, in a deeply felt transmission, to an experience of letting go of our attachment to being a Somebody.” – Jane Evans, Film Producer and Lecturer, UCLA Graduate Film School
Becoming Nobody is my homage to Ram Dass, both the teacher and friend, who turned me onto my spiritual path, directing me into truth, humanity and above all, humour which allowed me to navigate my own healing journey from deep trauma to empathic helper.
Ram Dass said that he came back from India with a jewel to share - I hope this film is my way of making sure that jewel has a strong life and trajectory long after Ram Dass has left this plane. It’s mounted and available to the public forever.
Unique to this film is an unveiling of Ram Dass’ poignant, touching humour and his ability to teach "from the middle of the mess," using his own personal anecdotes and foibles as the primary source of his well-worn wisdom. His authenticity and humanity invite us to step into our own messiness and fallibility and to abandon the temptations of ego and spiritual materialism as a path to true presence and compassion. The intimacy and trust that Ram Dass cultivates through his unabashed realness is a notable contrast to a commodified Western spiritual culture so often laden with self-proclaimed gurus.
Above all, I wanted to capture the profound love that radiates from this man’s heart; his humanity and authenticity will allow future generations to be transformed by his wonderfully irreverent yet deeply holy practice of humour and heart.