What recent films have had the most powerful effect on how you see yourself, the world, and the future of human consciousness?

Posted March 7, 2011 by IONS Staff in Big Questions

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What recent films have had the most powerful effect on how you see yourself, the world, and the future of human consciousness?

Movies are transportive. When we enter a theater or settle in front of our television or computer screen, we willingly suspend our concerns about everyday affairs and surrender to the images and storylines that play out before us. More and more of those screens are reflecting back to us both the harsh realities and remarkable potential that define this time in history – this "age of uncertainty" – as we wonder which direction we are headed: civilizational collapse or civilizational breakthrough.

IONS has been keenly aware of the impact of films on consciousness, and we have been tracking many that are trying to expand our sense of who we are capable of becoming against a backdrop of unprecedented challenge. Provided below are a handful of links about the genre of “transformational films,” but we also want to hear from you: “What recent films have had the most powerful effect on how you see yourself, the world, and the future of human consciousness?

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    Imagination Jan 26, 2015

    What recent films have had the most powerful effect on how you see yourself, the world, and the future of human consciousness? The Secret (2006) - film. Also, Limitless (2011) movie, Awakenings (1990) movie, - neurology.

  • nkherczegsr Sep 27, 2014

    Here are a couple of mine:

    The Celestine Prophecy - delves into the metaphysics of all religions

    Laputa Castle in the Sky - the concepts of independent advanced civilizations

    Dr Who - technically a series, but did spawn several movies.
    For those that have seen it, you know why I had to put it on my list. For those who haven't, watch the 2001 Series. and you will.

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    dustproduction Sep 24, 2014

    The movie "Her."
    If you are using a computer to read this you are already augmented.

  • James Davis Sep 24, 2014

    Alice A. Bailey: A Visual Biography of her Life and Teachings


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    Desiderata Jun 23, 2014

    Great question, reading through posts, I guess there's a few I hadn't considered. The ones that recur I'll try to put in order of operation...
    Minority Report, Men Who Stare at Goats, Suspect Zero, The Fourth Kind, and Push.
    All seem to elude ( if not outright declare) to abilities of the human experience.
    Stay sharp.

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    kroeran May 02, 2014

    Joe versus the volcano, written by a fellow just post NDE
    Ferris Beullers Day off, excellent intervention and waking up theme
    The Thirteenth Floor, for those interested in the VR Conjecture of reality.
    American Beauty, the closing scene especially

  • NoetPoet May 14, 2013

    It's not exactly recent, but Baraka has had an enduring effect on me. The whole movie is a wordless meditation on humanity's relationship with the natural world and itself. The visuals and soundtrack are stunning and incredibly moving. "Baraka" is a Sufi word meaning "breath of life which leads to spiritual awakening".

  • Joseph Smith May 14, 2013

    In that I'm dedicated to adherence to constitutional law, "Lincoln" impressed me. Lincoln, a humble man with bigger than life ideas, like me, suffered terribly over the war to free America's slaves. The corrupt politicians in his day, no different than today's, impressed me. "Lincoln" is a message to the American people. A house divided does not long stand.

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    dustproduction Mar 06, 2013

    "Amour" the french film about a loving elderly couple, former piano teachers, at the end of their life together.
    They attend a concert recital of a student and the next morning Ann has a stoke.while having breakfast.
    It is the beginning to the slow difficult march into the darkkess, alone in our thoughts, Summing ones will to explain.
    The house grows quieter , sadly quieter.

  • telephoenician Feb 28, 2013

    I recently saw a documentary called Beyond Though: Awareness Itself. Very thought-provoking and inspirational.

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    dustproduction Feb 11, 2013

    This is a film that will have a powerful effect on how you see yourself, the world, and the future of human consciousness?


  • Leigh Feb 07, 2013

    <i>Fearless.</i> This movie, starring Jeff Bridges, made me think of the following questions:

    When we experience a traumatic or an unexpected event, we might feel that we leave our bodies, as if our mind shuts down.
    What is this separation of body and mind or spirit?
    Where does the mind/spirit go?
    How is it brought back to join the body?

  • Ivan11 Feb 06, 2013

    "What the Bleep Do We Know" woke me up in college and I couldn't get enough after that. ;)

  • frequencytuner Dec 16, 2012

    A Christmas Carol, the OLD one, Dickens version.

    A Chrsitmas Carol.

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    psychologist Nov 24, 2012

    #Vanilla sky, the fear of losing the physical...

  • telephoenician Oct 04, 2012

    Almost every movie that has ever lifted my spirits has had Robin Williams in it. World According to Garp, Dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting... but not One Hour Photo which was brilliant, but creepy.

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    EarthFromSpace Jun 20, 2012

    The Lorax by Dr. Suess Later a sweet movie.

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    TouchOfTao May 22, 2012

    So many great ideas from all! I have to mention "Pay It Forward". This movie has inspired me to change the way I live, teach, and believe. I think it's one of the most important concepts to embody right now.

    Also loved "I AM" - It was so fun to watch something deep that was really funny at the same time :-)

    One more is "The Gerson Therapy, Vol. 1" with Charlotte Gerson. Whether you believe in the nutrition therapy or not, she is so knowledgeable and confident about our body's amazing ability to heal you can't help walking away with Motivation and Hope.

  • Numpa May 21, 2012

    First and foremost, I agree with the quote, "Books and movies are not so important for what they say as what they make you think." I have watched many films that launched me into a frenzy of reading everything I could get my hands on regarding the subject of the film or closely related. My presence here is a direct result of a film i recently re-watched, "Suspect Zero".

    I think the best advice I ever received was from Tom Brown, The Tracker; "Do not shut out any source of knowledge, good or bad in your opinion. You cannot properly defend your point of view without being able to understand what you are defending against." This also relates to the old saying, "even a blind pig finds an acorn now an then". It's a balance of nature thing.

    My collection of DVDs is somewhere around 500 and each one was selected because it still has some kind of thought provoking lesson for me every time I watch it. I am looking forward to many discussions on this site.

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    cosmos1 Jan 08, 2012

    'KNOWING' left me with 2 ideas of scary beings until the last 10 minutesf the film where it then seemed they were of a heavenely nature and also the potential that we have been guided by some intervention from higher beings...that would include' lighter bodies of consciousness'...... The end was most interesting when the beings garbed in 'black coats' or something peeled them off when the 'space ship' landed to take up the children for what seemed like a rescue from 'the cleansing' or what looked like a cosmic event from the SUN. The etheric bodies of these 'angels' looked like see thru skin and you can see all the innner lights within each entity moving all within the humanoid form.
    The space ship or some wonderful designed moving geometical pattern 'vehicle' was there to take entities and 2 children to another 'planet' to start the new human process over again. I saw it 2 or 3 times. Love it. Can stimulate a good discussion on aspects that include science,technology, UFO, Spirituality, dimensional realities, black holes.... and the uncanny reports of crop circles, abductions and HIGH Sttrangeness.
    Happy New Year to all !

  • Gretchen Dreisbach Aug 06, 2011

    The Tree of Life

    There are no words except: THANK YOU

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    Kannan Srinivasan Jul 16, 2011

    I was profoundly moved by the movie Kite Runner. Saw it on a flight in a small screen, but still, that magic was there inspite of the form factor. This is an amazing story of transformation of an individual from a self-centered kid who is afraid to face up to a painful situation where he could have helped, to an adult, whom life forces him to face related circumstances again. The choices he has, and the he path he eventually takes - that brings up an amazing, heart warming denouement.

    Another movie that I would like to cite is the Groundhog day - another great story of personal transformation.

  • scramptondavis Jul 14, 2011

    "I AM" and "Wake Up" are both great movies. I blogged/wrote about "Wake up" because it was so amazing. A must see for anyone who is interested in understanding how science and rationality is responsible, in important ways, to the veil we have between us and increased consciousness.

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    taichirich Jun 14, 2011

    An oldie but goodie: What the Bleep Do We Know.

  • E. R. Jun 10, 2011

    Inception is only one of the many windows on the very tall skyscraper that portrays the realms of human conciousness and how deep our thoughts and dreams can really go. Also, it has shown how thoughts and dreams can be interconnected to a fraction of the human population.

    The "Force" in Star Wars depicts how we are connected to each other.

    Emmanuel's Gift is a movie that reflects on morale and lifestyle.

  • Matthew Gilbert Jun 03, 2011

    Hi all,

    So many good movies out there, and new ones coming out all the time. That's quite a list, kimflores, many I hadn't heard of. Thanks to everyone for sharing their favorites.

    We've made our selections for the upcoming conference, and to make a long story short, we'll be showing Brian Swimme's new film Journey of the Universe (http://www.journeyoftheuniverse.org/) on Friday night July 22, and Wake Up (http://wakeupthefilm.com/) on Saturday the 23rd.

    And stay tuned for IONS' inaugural film fest in early 2012!

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    manuga Jun 03, 2011

    I know it's not so recent but I ve just seen it:
    On youtube but also on DVD: 'what the bleep do we know'. The interview section is really amazing!
    Fiction: 'Afterwards' - by Gilles Bourdos, with John Malkovich and Romain Duris - very very touching...

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    kimflores May 29, 2011

    Hello life.
    Life saying hello to life.

    My choices are:

    I Heart Huckabees, clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOgQAMdKdyg

    Breakfast Of Champions, based on the book by Kurt Vonnegut, clip montage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gQ8YoWxPYQ
    clip from the audiobook: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6Wtx2NanJA

    The Green Beautiful, a rare French film about awakening, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8m3Vy8bto4
    Film in 9 parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5CmMm_SRpM

    3-Iron, Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-S5n0JniDw
    Film in parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5oN6IMV8g8

    Harold and Maude, fan made trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR-OojNoVDg

    Ivan's Childhood, full film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0krUdI0SkjI
    Opening sequence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG1in3yqGaQ

    Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wSba9hwCaU&feature=related
    Princess Mononoke, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyX89c3nSHw
    Making of documentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi3LRn7EKx8&feature=related
    I appreciate a lot of Miazaki's and studio Ghibli's work

    Rude Awakening, low quality trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kEEZETvctg&feature=related
    Credits sing along: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-pRvrsrcsM&feature=related

    Tekkonkinkreet, Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gWxUVcXyPA&feature=related
    Opening 10 minutes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FfXWg7_AGI

    Slacker, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9f9M6UAYb0
    Full film: http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=jB4xlYKAVCQ&feature=mv_sr

    Waking Life, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uk2DeTet98o
    Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yJE1iiO0qI&feature=related

    Together, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD7Wv1q-S18
    Full film in parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxwuvGb-VMw&feature=fvwrel

    Where The Wild Things Are, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01-PqqifyjA

    The Sixth Sense, trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VG9AGf66tXM

    The Taste Of Tea, Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NcBL6cYGL4
    Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01wOhgg27dM
    Full film in parts: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21YoeSAUi54

    The Eel (Unagi), Original trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HdVs0mN9ZY

    Warm Water Under A Red Bridge, Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sYHJnqrx7aw

    There are some other fiction films and a few documentaries, but I am tired and have ignored my intuition to do something else and then sleep for long enough, whatever that means.

    Peace and eternal love to you all

    If you want to know more about any of these let me know

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    PathofDivineLife May 03, 2011

    The Inward Journey is a documentary about inner world. A very good explaination of subtle components like Chakras, Formation of Chakras in spinal cord, How Energy evolved slowly into a world of today, Granthis (Subtle Glands) and why puncturing of these Granthis is required for progress on the path of divine life etc etc

    The promo is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONzbfAyIUac

  • cprize Apr 19, 2011

    http://www.cprize.org/cjzz.org/specials.html (pick the mp3, or slideshow)

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    gaines Apr 12, 2011

    Mythic Journeys by Steven and Whitney Boe is a very thought provoking and beautiful film . Our group divided it into two sessions. Now we have some of our Honolulu IONS group planning to meet in June to begin a group project around the book, The Map, 'Finding the Magic and Meaning in the Story of Your LIfe'. The author is Colette Baron-Reid.

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    gaines Apr 12, 2011

    DIRT!! This Thursday Evening our IONS Honolulu Group is viewing DIRT..by Common Ground Media..It is astonishing and humorous!
    I ordered it on line. We are starting a sub group of IONS Honolulu called. GROW WHERE YOU ARE...we're all 'growing' at least one plant which is edible.

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    Shankar Narayan Apr 10, 2011

    How could i leave out star wars from my list!!!! Thank you louise for re-opening my eyes to the wisdom of master yoda!!!!

  • SeVryn Apr 09, 2011

    Transcendent Man

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    wildheart Apr 08, 2011

    For me the planet, humanity and all living creatures have always been interconnected more than people realize and our abilities as spirit or our higher selves is slowly evolving from something thought of as a gift of the few to the recognition of our true selves in many. I've always thought we were on a path to civilizational breakthrough since I was a child and that has not changed one bit, no matter what is happening in the world or presented on a movie screen. But I find something in just about every movie that moves us towards this idea and expanding human consciousness. Whether it was intented or not, it's always there. Sometimes it doesn't even have to do with the subject matter of the movie and at times it's subtle. So I can't name just one movie, I find there's something in each movie that effects how i see myself, the world or consciousness and a movement towards waking up to all the possibilites of our true selves.

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    Louise Apr 08, 2011

    Star Wars.
    Yoda says it all; "Life creates it, makes it grow, its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. you must feel the force around you, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere......"

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    Tina0619 Apr 08, 2011

    The Forgotten.
    The mother's instinct, love and will transcend the impossible.

    Ender's Game.
    The interpersonal relationships (described in many Card's novels) made me think about human behavior.

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    Aquamarine3 Apr 01, 2011

    Like Faith said, I would have to say that the Quantum Activist exemplified consciousness more than most movies I can think of. I did just see "The Wonder of it All" in which this project was mentioned as each Apollo Astronaut was allowed to reflect on how that experience affected them and what their thoughts on that were.

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    Kibria Mar 30, 2011

    Would like to know how to get hold of these movies?

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    Kerian Mar 29, 2011

    Have been watching some top quality children's movies lately and I can surely recommend Spiderwick. It has a double bottom referring to my own religion.
    There is also The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus that gave me some insight that sometimes good choices can be cloaked bad choices and vice versa. It basically is a funny movie about good and evil, the infinite story of God and the devil.

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    Journeym4n Mar 28, 2011

    A movie just yesterday spoke volumes to me, about humanity and the dangers of closing one's mind to those things which connect us all : Agora
    (movie trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRxmJRkcqGc)

    I found it totally fascinating, how the 'old school pagans' had cast out the upstart christians, and persecuted them for their faith - only to receive a similar treatment after the tables turned.

    The atrocities that can be committed in the name of love and peace (reads: religion and enlightenment) are ever astounding, and even through to this day remain something that continues to repeat.

    Fear begets fear, hate begets hate, love begets.. ?

    Perhaps when we collectively learn the lessons of the coined 'Noetic Sciences' on a global scale of consciousness, we'll break free of these cycles.

  • Shaleghi Mar 28, 2011

    The Dark Crystal !! This is my all time best one.

  • Protectingfriend Mar 27, 2011

    not based on new releases i would say Walt Disney's Pinocchio
    the concept of the trinity ( the holy spirit, the farther and the son) came to mind.
    the holy spirit represented by the fairy
    the farther represented by gepeto
    and the son pinocchio

    when pinocchio doesnt listen to his farther and his conscience ( jimminy cricket) he turns towards temptations and becomes a lost boy who gradually turns into an ass ( donkey )
    when he listens to his conscience and finally realises that the farther was right the fairy blesses him and turns him into a real boy.

  • DyckDyck Mar 27, 2011

    Can it be that as with someone deeply in love, they seem to see loving people everywhere? To find significance in a movie or book may reflect the witness in many ways, actually.

    A recent movie that had great meaning to me is the Japanese film "Departures" (which says something about me I suppose). It is a solid story that deals with the business of undertaking, dignity, transparency, etc. .... a somewhat unlikely subject in American society.

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    bigchibear Mar 25, 2011

    Based on current releases, I'd recommend "The Adjustment Bureau."

    I'd also recommend just about any of the films in the book, "Get the Picture: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies," a very interesting read.

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    Shankar Narayan Mar 25, 2011

    one more movie i would like to add to the list is "The Peaceful Warrior"
    its A true Gem of knowledge.

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    Shankar Narayan Mar 25, 2011

    The Last Mimzy, The Celestine Prophecy, Inception, The Matrix trilogy, Avatar. The Last Samurai.

    All these movies Reinforced my mind to believe in what i had learned as a child. Each movie was a transforming experience.
    I passed through these stages after watching each movie.

    Information+ Experience+ Analysis = Knowledge+ Enlightenment+ Better World!!!!


  • Abhijith Mar 24, 2011

    yeah..me too..agree to what my brother (AKASH) said but i would like a few more..
    * 3 idiots (hindi)
    * manichithrathaazhu ( malayalam)
    * I am legend (english)

    "THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS"(ENGLISH movie starring Will Smith)

  • akash Mar 23, 2011

    Of corse Avatar...In malyalam ananthbhadram and atharvam movies are there i think they suits the question more........

  • Lynng0106 Mar 19, 2011

    Most religions reference, in some manner, the interconnectivity between all living things. Most religions also reference, in some manner using verbiage particular to that religion, the idea that you get what you give (Golden Rule, Law of Attraction, etc.). Though I am not currently tolerant of a man-made religion with man-made rules, I do rather prefer the common thread that runs through them all. Therefore, it is natural that the two films that most speak to me regarding human consciousness, the power of the human mind, the power of love, and the power of positive thinking are “What Dreams May Come” and “Avatar”. Both films move me, both make me think, both make me want to be a better person, both influence me to spend more time in quiet meditation, holding others in light and love.

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    SWASTIKA7 Mar 15, 2011

    inception, Avatar, Black swan, Apollo 18.

    One thing I would say that any movie you watch, if you study it you will surely find something that could bring change in you....only if you allow.

  • frequencytuner Mar 14, 2011

    If you want spiritual inspiration, this is it!


  • Multerland Mar 14, 2011

    What changed my view on life, me, mankind and the world, was not a film but books. The books Jozef Rulof, a Dutch metaphysical writer (1898-1952) wrote. Each book I already read, disappeared from my bookshelves, and the 27 Jozef Rulof wrote are there now. On YouTube are several videos about that Jozef Rulof wrote about: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=0128509B7B1A8485
    Website for the books: http://www.rulof.org/index.html
    The film which is the most fitting to the books Jozef Rulof wrote is: "What dreams may come" (with Robin Williams; 1998): http://multerland.com/blog/?page_id=1461

  • frequencytuner Mar 13, 2011


    It's not a film but a talk explaining the current revolution in the Middle East.

    The future is now.

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    Alice in Wonderland.

    Wizard of Oz.

  • frequencytuner Mar 13, 2011

    The Last Mimzy.

    The Lion King.


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    inception79 Mar 13, 2011

    how about Inception?what do you think about this movie?it can be real?or it`s just fiction?

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  • frequencytuner Mar 11, 2011

    11th Hour.

    The world needs this or it will die.

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    flowersinherhair Mar 10, 2011

    Of late, my love turned me on to "The Civilization of Maxwell Bright" and "Cold Souls". Warning re: former: make yourself get thru the start of of and you will feel redeemed at end. The latter awoke me to Paul Giametti, whose tragic-comedian performance was superb about loosing one's soul. I watched Kundun for the 12th time as the twin towers fell. (oldie but goodie.) What hit me there was "if the Tibetans can have compassion for the Chinese, can we also have an ounce of compassion for violent madmen?" In light of HHDL's statement today, the question seems pertinent.
    Thank you. Peace.

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    mayqueen17 Mar 10, 2011

    There is a wonderful documentary called "Flight from Death". It highlights Ernest Beckers Philosophy that organized religion is a coping mechanism established to deal with our fear of death. Contrary to blasting all religions, one comes away with a commitment to live for today,
    and not wait until the afterlife.

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    in47201 Mar 09, 2011

    Tonight, our first meeting of Sociology 103, at a local university. I'll be reviewing the above to see whether they might meld with our course outcomes, and I'm very open to suggestions (or dialogues) about other films appropriate for a soc. class. We'll be seeing Precious, this evening. My hope is to honor the university's intentions for the class, while speaking to the hearts an spirits of the students.

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    Bobsy Mar 09, 2011

    Hello fellow IONSees, I'm typing away from a cold & overcast Hong Kong...

    In terms of recent, I must say AVATAR had the biggest impact on me! I have watched it 4 times already ;-)) & will probably watch it again with some more beautiful people whom have not seen it or whom want to watch it again. It speaks to me directly in a very empowering & emotional way. I have cried 3 times :-( when the Mother Tree is destroyed because that is what is happening to our Mother Earth (& us of course) except on a much slower scale... I resonate with the Navi Tribe & see them as a mirror of our Conscious Tribe that is spread all over this beautiful planet....

    However, although not recent, it is BARAKA (1992) that gets 1st prize as the movie with the biggest impact on my life so far.... I understand Ron Fricke the director is releasing the sequel called SAMSARA in 2011 sometime... Can't wait.

    Much Love to you all from a tiny Island in the South China Sea called Lamma Island.

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    carolynann Mar 09, 2011

    I would love to have a body totally composed of light.
    No more eating each other which I see a a cruel way to run a planet but can't see any other solution! Everything, including plants, hurts when destroyed to feed something else.

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    creativewahine Mar 08, 2011

    "I AM" by Tom Shadyac, an incredible documentary at the Rafael Film Center... SO HEART-OPENING! Dean Radin and Marilyn Schlitz are featured, as well as Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Noam Chomsky, (the list goes on!) It was truly moving -- sort of like "The Secret" in connecting our thoughts/intentions with energy and matter, (quantum physics,) but OPPOSITE in the material sense. (I feel "The Secret" was ruined with their "Get rich by thinking it!" approach. Too much focus on the (false) promise of riches through money.)

    Oh, no... this is higher-minded. Tom is an honest, open, adventurous, loving man (and successful Hollywood director,) who, by facing his own desire to move past this life on earth, felt compelled to give a meaningful message to the world before he died. (He's not dead yet! :-) And the result is transformative! Very emotional, gut-level feelings, mind-opening, whole-being understanding... and afterward, most of us in the audience remained seated and started talking to each other! Our hearts were wide open! We felt connected! Even standing in line in the bathroom, I commented to a "stranger" how the movie made me feel and she said, "It makes me want to hug everyone!" So we hugged! And then the next lady wanted a hug, so I hugged her too! Then they started hugging others -- we had a hug fest in the bathroom! ;-D

    The movie was SO validating to me, personally, as I've always been "overly sensitive" (emotional, compassionate, empathetic, wanting to help others,) and have been taught that being so sensitive isn't good, it's a handicap... it takes away from doing things for myself, furthering my own goals. (Some truth to that, and that's OK.) But it's who I AM, who I was born to be, and I thank Tom and all the other great souls in his movie for shedding light on the value of feeling so connected to other living things.

    Also, the way Tom tied all the loose ends together at the end of the movie... BRILLIANT! It was like puzzle pieces coming together to form a complete and amazing picture. Thank you Tom! Thank you Dean and Marilyn! (You guys should have an article about it on your front page!)

    Peace, Peeps.

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    Faith Mar 08, 2011

    I have recently enjoyed the filming of "The Quantum Activist" with Amit Goswami Ph.d. Connecting quantum mechanics with God is gaining momentum and greater understanding in how it all comes together! Enjoyed this film very much.

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    minkka Mar 08, 2011

    I was profoundly moved by the movie "Fur..an Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus".

    In this movie a woman's creativity drove her to push beyond her comfort level by embracing her curiosity about the dark, mysterious and unknown. At one point she even submerges herself into water (the unconscious) with an unknown and yet unseen creature who seems dark and foreboding and therefore discovers herself and her creative side through a magical reflection of a "beast". It could have almost been a take-off from Beauty and the Beast..but was much deeper. (as it were!) She discovers her higher self through her ability to step into a dark abyss. I was amazed at her courage and thrilled by her own self-discovery. She gained amazing insight into life and was able to say "no" to the collective ideal of a "respectable" life in favor of self-discovery. In so doing she also helped the unconscious (the furry beast) become familiar with the light of consciousness and he also was able to transform. There was even a hint of an alchemical coniunctio in that the dark and the light came together during the transformation at the end of the movie. She definitely had gained insight into the divine hidden in the profane, and that could only have happened because of her courage in having stepped into an abyss, facing her shadow and denying pressing collective norms.

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    LittleOne Mar 08, 2011

    I would agree that Avatar did a very good job of illustrating the unity of being of all that we recognize as living matter.

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    Liberty23 Mar 08, 2011

    Avatar, to be sure, for pretty much the same reasons krussell gave above. The disconnect between humanity and Earth portrayed in the movie was also very effective if not disturbing.

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    krussellgal Mar 08, 2011

    Avatar 3D.

    The concept of a connective web between the plant and animal kingdoms was illustrated with poignancy for me. I was swept away and profoundly moved by that movie.

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