Co-Creators of Discover the Gift Interview

Discover the Gift—the movie, the book, and the movement—began more than four years ago in a moment of illumination. It has grown into a project with one goal: to help people find the power to transform our world.

Discover the Gift feature-length documentary was created by award-winning filmmaker Demian Lichtenstein, with his sister, Shajen Joy Aziz. The movie celebrates the basic but vital reality that there are Gifts in each person, and in all circumstances, that are simply awaiting discovery.

Framed by the touching personal narrative of siblings Lichtenstein and Aziz as they describe their own journeys toward joy, power, fulfillment, freedom, and unconditional love, Discover The Gift offers powerful lessons from authors, educators, activists, artists, and icons including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Jack Canfield, Terry Tillman, David `Avocado` Wolfe, Mark Victor Hansen, and Niurka.

I recently had a chance to interview the co-creators of Discover the Gift, Demian Lichtenstein and his sister, Shajen Joy Aziz. In our candid conversation, they talked about why they created Discover the Gift, the reaction it has received, and their own personal journeys.

For example, Shajen shared with me that she asked her brother Demian a very direct question about when his work was going to match the powerful transformation she was noticing within him. She bluntly asked him:

“When is the man I know going to start to do that same kind of work in the world?”

Shajen added that she was seeing a big shift in Demian, yet the work he was doing wasn’t matching who he had become and who he IS internally so she asked him when that shift was going to happen.

Demian told me that that question set him into a journey of discovery and eventually helped inspire him to create a project, book and movie that would transform the world– Discover the Gift.

Throughout the rest of the interview Demian and Shajen share with me what it was like to create a transformational film, the reaction it received from Hollywood filmmakers at its premiere at Sundance Film Festival and the type of impact that movies and media can have on people.

After speaking with Demian and Shajen, it is obvious that Discover the Gift will inspire people from all backgrounds, cultures and belief systems to find their own unique gifts and offer them to the world.

You can download an MP3 of the interview by ‘right clicking’ the text below