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  • Ottmar Liebert, guitarist; MJ Paschall, President of Global Sales for Korman Communities; Gene Smith, subject of the film Digital Dharma; and Dafna Yachin, film Director.

AKA Sponsors a Fund Raising Event for the film Digital Dharma

December 10, 2009
Shelley and Donald Rubin Gallery
New York City

AKA sponsored a special preview event for the documentary film Digital Dharma: One Man's Mission to Save a Culture.


The event, which took place at the new private gallery of Shelley and Donald Rubin, in New York City, included a Silent Auction of contemporary art to raise completion funds for the film project Digital Dharma about the life of E. Gene Smith and the mission of the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center.

Five-time Grammy nominee and classical guitar virtuoso, Ottmar Liebert, performed.

The Preview Event was presented by:

Shelley and Donald Rubin
The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation
and founders of the Rubin Museum of Art (RMA)

Patricia Gruber
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

Leonard van der Kuijp
Chair of the Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies,
Harvard University

Digital Dharma is the chronicle of a cultural rescue. This feature-length HD documentary brings to light the magnitude of one man's 50-year inspirational journey to save the literary history of a disappearing culture and to preserve early lessons of mankind's consciousness.  The life of E. Gene Smith is an epic story of destiny and compassion that leads a pacifist on a mission of survival. During an era of espionage and mistrust, Gene's mission becomes the catalyst for an international movement to save ancient writing and art from crumbling, literally, to dust... and then deliver them to the entire world.