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A film by Peter Brook based on the book by G. I. Gurdjieff

Director Peter Brook once said of this film, “I feel that this film is a story . . . told like a legend in the remote past, for a purpose . . . The searcher begins to search and as he goes on, his search changes color, changes register, changes tone, but it always goes forward until it reaches a certain intensity. There is something about the search that is very clear and easy to believe and something that is totally mysterious. The film is a direct expression, for the person watching, of a growing search. . .”

The teachings of George Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1866-1949) touch the most essential and timeless human questions: Who am I? Why am I here? What is the purpose of life on Earth? Gurdjieff’s remarkable childhood included education in both science and religion. As a young man he began a long sojourn throughout the Middle East and the Caucasus region, deep into the Himalayas and the Hindu Kush. He traveled with like-minded companions to known schools and carefully hidden monasteries, to forgotten archeological sites, often amidst ongoing wars. Gurdjieff spent the last half of his life bringing what he had found to the West.

In this film we witness the passion, adventures, and dangers experienced by Gurdjieff in his early life, as well as a profoundly moving demonstration of the Sacred Dances he brought back with him to the West, which his groups continue to study and practice today. The soundtrack was arranged and conducted by Laurence Rosenthal, who incorporated the joint compositions of Gurdjieff and Thomas deHartmann (Best Music Award, Oxford Film Festival).

Since his death in 1949, his work has been continued by his pupils and their groups throughout the Western world. Affiliated with the Gurdjieff Foundations of New York and San Francisco, the Gurdjieff Foundation of Nevada in Reno was established in 2005. The group meets regularly, with activities including group meetings, readings, meditation, music, and movements classes. If you would like more information, please contact us at

A DVD of the film and a CD of the soundtrack may be purchased through or

For the full repertoire of music (CDs and printed music) composed by GI Gurdjieff and Thomas deHartmann, go to or