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Mystic Ball (2010)

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Mystic Ball follows filmmaker Greg Hamilton deep into the culture of Chinlone, the traditional sport of Myanmar (formerly Burma) in Southeast Asia. Chinlone encompasses elements of sport, dance and meditation. Primarily non-competitive but certainly as strenuous as any competitive ball sport, Chinlone does not focus on losing or winning, but on how beautifully one plays the game.

Chinlone combines the explosiveness of martial arts with the elegance of ballet, featuring acrobatic foot skills that will dazzle any soccer fan. Mystic Ball provides an eye-opening view inside the closed Burmese society that can no longer hide the wondrous nature of its people and its culture.

Greg Hamilton
English

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daveweaver, posted on January 8, 2016

I had never heard of this beautiful sport/art prior to viewing this documentary. I am deeply impressed by what is expressed and experienced by playing in a circle: interconnectedness - moving as a whole, connecting with something greater than self inwardly as well as the group and expressing beauty in form and movement. The Myanmar culture in this art form gives God -the good- greater expression in this world. Clearly demonstrated is the unity in cooperation, and how deeply spiritual and nurturing that is too the individual and the community. Finally, a sport based on cooperation. Absolutely inspiring to a Westerner who has only observed competition in sports. Now I fully recognize what I intuitively sensed was missing in our culture's sports and why I stopped participating as a player and observer. Viewing this documentary was like receiving a heart warming gift. Thanks to all who made it.

jmalan91, posted on December 31, 2015

Beautiful and satisfying together

jms.helix, posted on January 29, 2015

I don't often comment on films, but this is just mesmerizing, inspired work. Excellent story telling. Well photographed. Awesome music. Clearly heartfelt.
It is hard to believe that a sport/art this beautiful, captivating and uplifting exists and the rest of the world is just now getting a glimpse of it. I can see how Greg fell in love with it right away. (He conveys that love affair eloquently, btw.)
Just knowing the culture of chinlone exists makes me feel more optimistic about humanity. To watch it played here is a real treat and I would jump at the chance to see one of these teams perform live! Mr. Greg, please bring the tour to Colorado!!
:)

beth.becker, posted on January 29, 2015

A beautiful story and beautiful film. Inspirational and moving. To think a ball could unite people that way! More films like this, Gaiam TV! Thank you Greg Hamilton!

Christel P, posted on January 29, 2015

A beautiful journey. thank you Greg, just beautiful!

beaum07, posted on January 28, 2015

Anyone know where I can get one?

seanbarrie, posted on January 12, 2014

May the wondrous quote in the movie from 'U Weik Zar Than' come true for all our sakes.

SHELLEYS, posted on January 10, 2014

I love the way the players cooperate and move. It reminds me a little of tai chi, which is all about moving beautifully in harmony.
Thanks, it was a wonderful documentary!

snowman107, posted on January 9, 2014

I feel soooo happy after watching this beautiful documentary... Thank you Mr. Greg, Thank you!

mnmjane, posted on October 17, 2013

Thank you Greg for this beautiful documentary. It made me feel so good inside!

lahla, posted on March 27, 2013

most excellent documentary, with an ever broadening grin, i drank it in...hope it spreads and becomes the worlds new dance/"sport" may cooperation and wellbeing it represents spread far and wide...thankyou, greg! & gaiam

Lolk, posted on July 14, 2012

I generally am not a spectator at sports, but this I would go to see. I know it's referred to as a sport, but it is so much more than that. It far surpasses the skills necessary in football and many other sports, and it is a peacemaker, played in love and dance.

david, posted on June 10, 2012

i really enjoyed the passion in which this film was made, by producer greg hammilton, told with humility,respect and a true love for the sport, i'd never heard of it before and was mesmerized from the beginning, i think it s more of an art than a sport, enjoy!

Tommi, posted on March 6, 2012

Moving, magical, so full of joy. This has to be the most co-operative sport in the world. Win-win.

Angel, posted on February 23, 2012

By far one of the best documentaries I have ever watched!!! This movie makes you feel so good inside and brings about such warm feeling for humanity and hope for our future generations! Love it!!!

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