Ocean Monk is a short film that documents the life and aspirations of six spiritual seekers who make their home in New York City. These six seekers, who are students of the Indian teacher Sri Chinmoy, reveal how they discovered the beauty and power of the nearby surfing beaches and incorporated their love for the ocean into their search for enlightenment. It is a contemporary look at how the spiritual life and meditation can be incorporated into all aspects of daily life.

The film includes appearances by Kelly Slater, Jack Johnson, Titus Kinimaka.

Ocean Monk opened the 2010 New York Surf Film Festival, the largest of its kind. It went on to screen at dozens of festivals worldwide and won numerous awards including “Best Short Documentary, Festivals Online competition” at the Oscar-qualifying 2010 St. Louis International Film Festival as well as an Official Best of Festival award, given only to films that won awards at major festivals.


Producer and director – Sanjay Rawal

Produced by

  • Parichayaka Hammerl … co-producer
  • Sanjay Rawal … producer
  • Mridanga Spencer … producer

Music by

  • Parichayaka Hammerl

Cinematography by

  • Sanjay Rawal
  • Mridanga Spencer

Film Editing by

  • Sanjay Rawal

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