Films & TV
“We Are Many” is a film that reminds us exactly why Bush, Blair, and others in their administrations should stand trial for the war on Iraq. Through interviews with an impressive array of politicians, international lawyers, anti-war activists, journalists, former allied service members and a host of high-profile figures and celebrities, Amirani’s new documentary film tells the story of Bush and Blair’s great lie, reminding its viewers of the disaster unleashed on the Middle East that is reverberating still.
14-year-old Benjamin Yonatton loves to dance. But he’s lost nearly 100% of his sight, which makes dancing virtually impossible. But Benjamin refused to surrender to his disability and decided to continue dancing. And, dance he does! When you see him dance,your heart will soar. Simply amazing!
The Real Food Media Project debuted 12 new films to its Real Food Films Library, which now includes more than 60 short films on “food, farming and sustainability, labor, climate, policy solutions and inspiring community food victories from around the world.”
Three high school friends put their boy band spin on “Classic” by MKTO on America’s Got Talent. When Triple Threat took the stage the judges were initially not impressed. But, that lasted only until they started to sing ‘Classic’. And, OMG, when they hit those harmonies, be prepared to be moved. These boys have talent!
Landfill Harmonic is a heartfelt, moving documentary that shows how the human spirit triumphs in even most trying living conditions. The movie takes place in Cateura, a poor suburb of Paraguay, where most families make their living working in the local dump. It’s their job to pick through the tons of garbage that comes from nearby cities. Located in a huge flood zone, Cateura is an extremely challenging place to live, and the kids who grow up there rarely dare to dream of a bigger life. Landfill Harmonic tells the story of how one man, Favio Chavez, changed everything for the people of Cateura when he decided to teach the children how to play music. There was only one problem: there were lots of children who wanted to learn and only a few instruments. This is understandable since most violins are worth more than one of the shack-homes in Cateura.
Russell Brand discusses the potential accuracy of how the future (year 2045) is depicted in the new film Mad Max Fury Road. He also details some of the things happening in our world today that will lead to a Mad Max future — unless we do something to change the disastrous course we are on.
Individuals can transmute from dull repetitive ‘thought’ into ascended golden thinking, but as our minds are freed, one at a time, we ultimately find that our broader society is embedded with a series of norms and structures – of Matrices and Caves – that perpetuate false imagery, preserving the status quo from the ‘threat’ of individual thinking.
PlantPure Nation exposes powerful forces opposed to the plant-based diet. It tackles the issues of the declining family farm and emerging food deserts, monopolies on modern medicine, and the challenges of getting plant-based nutrition included in the political process. It was filmed across the US and includes world-renowned experts, doctors and authors.
Film has the power to transform lives. Where better to midwife the rising trend in conscious cinema than Sedona, Arizona, home to mind-body-spirit revolutionaries among the red rocks. The second annual ILLUMINATE Film Festival expects to draw an attendance of 3,500 May 27-31. Three state-of-the-art Sedona venues will premier 22 world-class films and offer additional activities.
According to Ralph, the media is playing us by framing a drama that emphasizes fear and conflict. But there are other stories behind the scenes. Four touching ones that he shares are: 1) An African-American man stands in front of a police line in a protective stance, pushing rioters back and repeatedly saying, “Don’t give them a reason.”
In Planetary, a new thought-provoking documentary, director Guy Reid seeks to inspire a shift in how we view our connection to nature. Watch the trailer…
“(T)EFFOR” is an explosive new film that shines a bright light on the FBI’s shadowy use of informants in its counterterrorism sting operations. These undercover operatives are meant to root out would-be terrorists before they attack. Since 9/11, they have been used to prosecute at least 158 people. But critics argue they often target the wrong people, “including those with intellectual and mental disabilities, and the indigent.”
If news stations are unfairly and inaccurately priming viewers not to expect stories about white crime, it only serves to harden the inaccurate thesis that viewers carry with them in their hearts and minds, in the form of their implicit bias—that Black people are overly responsible for crime and should be treated with special suspicion…When media-makers get the proportions so egregiously wrong, it reinforces a culture in which the benefit of the doubt is not distributed evenly, which creates a hostile society for some and a privileged society for others. Both are harmful for all of us.
Mr. Spock showed that you could be intellectually precise, creative and a valuable part of a team yet still have meaningful relationships with others. While Mr. Spock’s manifestations of friendship toward the crew were subtle, Leonard Nimoy’s characterization of those moments were so deeply felt that it would change your life. It changed mine and that of my family.