I just watched an excellent film called ‘Finding Joe’, written, produced, and directed by Patrick Takaya Solomon. This is an inspiring movie that draws on the work of mythologist Joseph Campbell. It’s about “following our bliss”, living our passions, facing our fears, overcoming obstacles, and bringing back the story of what we have learned. Numerous authors, scriptwriters, and spiritual teachers contribute to the debate and the film includes interviews with drummer Mick Fleetwood, skateboarder Tony Hawk, and surfer Laird Hamilton.
I saw ‘Finding Joe’ on the July 2012 Spiritual Cinema Circle DVD. Subscribers to the circle receive a monthly DVD containing a feature film and three shorts, and sometimes an additional interview with someone involved in spiritual development work. I highly recommend the circle; the movies are uplifting and inspiring and there is very rarely one that I don’t enjoy.
The makers of 2012: Time for Change say their purpose is to get you to look at your world differently, and to begin to participate in a conscious movement toward personal and social transformation. They believe that we can’t hope to make the world better place unless we start within, learning to nurture our own soul and spirit.
The Filmmakers’ Synopsis:
2012: Time for Change presents an optimistic alternative to apocalyptic doom and gloom. Directed by Emmy Award nominee João Amorim, the film follows journalist Daniel Pinchbeck, author of the bestselling 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, on a quest for a new paradigm that integrates the archaic wisdom of tribal cultures with the scientific method. As conscious agents of evolution, we can redesign post-industrial society on ecological principles to make a world that works for all. Rather than breakdown and barbarism, 2012 heralds the birth of a regenerative planetary culture where collaboration replaces competition, where exploration of psyche and spirit becomes the new cutting edge, replacing the sterile materialism that has pushed our world to the brink.
Ocean of Pearls is an excellent film; it’s both thought-provoking and enjoyable to watch. The main character is a Sikh doctor, Amrit Singh, who lives in the United States and faces huge crises of conscience when he is offered a prestigious position as a transplant surgeon in a Detroit hospital. How many compromises is he prepared to make to be professionally successful? How do you construct your future without betraying your past? Singh’s struggle to retain his principles and identity is the main focus of this film and I literally wept when he made a particularly life-defining – and life-saving – choice, the moment was so moving. This is a movie that deals with universal issues (faith, religion, tradition, bigotry, medical ethics, workplace politics, and ambition), but it is essentially the story of a young man and his personal journey to self-realisation.
And this is a fascinating film: The Women’s Kingdom
And if you’ve not yet seen the film What about me? from 1 Giant Leap, or listened to the album, check them out. They are truly innovative and inspiring. What about me?
What the BLEEP Do We Know!? is well worth watching, too.
More reviews coming soon.