Becoming Nobody

A celebration and deep exploration of Ram Dass, the father of the Western spiritual culture and self-help movement, that pays tribute to his unmissable authenticity and humour. Ram Dass has inspired generations of seekers to be visible and authentic in their fallibility, sacrificing the temptations of superiority and spiritual materialism as a path to true presence and compassion, all without taking themselves too seriously.

  • Ram Dass
    Key Cast
  • Jamie Catto
    Key Cast
  • Jamie Catto
    1 Giant Leap
  • Jamie Catto
  • Jamie Catto
  • Raghu Markus
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  • Runtime:
    1 hour 21 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    90,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom, United States
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Director Biography - Jamie Catto

Jamie Catto is the creator, producer/director of the multi-award winning global 1 Giant Leap films and albums and founding member of Faithless. He leads uniquely transformative workshops and one-on-one sessions. Jamie is the creative catalyst, producer and director behind the global philosophy and music project "1 Giant Leap." The first 1 Giant Leap was nominated for 2 Grammys in 2003, sold over 300 thousand albums, and won numerous awards globally. The movie and album, "What About Me?", released in 2009, won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at Red Rock Film Festival.

Jamie is also a founding member, singer, art director and video director of Dance Music super-group Faithless, whose greatest hits album was the fastest selling dance album of all time in 2005. The band has sold millions of records since the late 1990s including over 6 million copies of their hugely influential hit single "Insomnia."

As the art director for Faithless Cheeky label, Jamie has directed critically acclaimed videos for their artists, including Faithless' stunning sign language film for "God Is A DJ."

He has also been a Producer/Composer for globally renowned artists such as Dido (over 30 million CDs sold) and Emiliana Torrini.

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Director Statement

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.

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, 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.