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This group will meet every 3 weeks (approx - that's the goal) to watch a movie focusing on some element of personal growth and spirituality. In particular as to how it relates to current climate change and environmental challenges. The intent is to come together under a broad definition of spirituality to include topics such as personal transformation, meditation/mindfulness, environment & ethics; health & well-being, conscious capitalism, indigenous world perspectives, and women’s empowerment. I envision a lively, thoughtful post-screening discussion for those that wish, with light refreshments afterwards. Film selection will be based on member input, as well as borrowing of ideas of other movie groups. I like what I've heard about The WakeUp Project's (Sydney) movie night, and also Amnesty Int'l/Social Justice movie nights here in Adelaide. The idea for the group started as an outcome from the Pachamama Alliance 'Awakening the Dreamer' workshops (another MeetUp page) about how to nurture more community activism.

The approach will evolve based on members preferences. There is viewing space available at UniSA's Mawson Lakes campus, at least to start. A gold coin(s) donation of $3-5 donation helps to to keep the group at a breakeven point for room rental, streaming/DVD purchase and Meetup costs as necessary. Welcome all. Ideas? Note movie suggestions can be made under Upcoming Events. Cheers and metta.

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EXTERNAL EVENT FYI --- Adelaide premier of 'The Connected Universe'

NOTE: BARB HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH SHOWING THIS FILM Ditto. Because I run a movie group, I received notice of this special showing. As we've done for other external movies of interest, if you plan to attend, leave a message below in comments and perhaps members could meet informally afterwards for coffee. Trailer here http://www.theconnecteduniversefilm.com/ Tickets ($20-25) at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-connected-universe-adelaide-premiere-fri-20th-september-tickets-69397705405 THE CONNECTED UNIVERSE What if we were more connected to each other, our earth and our cosmos than we imagined? How would our lives and world-view change? In the midst of the accelerated pace of modern living, many people wish, hope and feel that there is more to life than what they are experiencing on a day to day basis. Through the lens of science, A Connected Universe helps people to see the world differently. New understandings in science reveal to us that at a quantum level there is a dynamic and energetic flow, or force, in nature that connects every proton with every other proton in the Universe. This flow of energy does not only exist at a cosmic level, it also exists within each and every one of us and connects each and every one of us. Come on a journey to explore new understandings in science that reveal a bigger picture of interconnection than we have ever imagined. Discover amazing ideas that will not only help change the world… but will also help change YOUR world. The Connected Universe inspires us to think differently about our connection to our Universe and to each other. On his deathbed, Einstein requested his glasses, his pencils, and his equations, seeking to create a unified theory that would connect cosmological and quantum physics. He knew the great impact this understanding would have on humanity but sadly, he ran out of time. Einstein changed humanity’s future when he made the connection between space and time in his theory of relativity. Yet, Einstein died leaving what he felt was his most important work unfinished. Nassim Haramein, the Director of Research at the Resonance Foundation, was deeply inspired by Einstein’s work. For decades, Haramein continued to explore his own solutions and finally made a major breakthrough. Science moves forward when theories, upon which predictions are based, are later confirmed by experimental data and results. In The Connected Universe, we explore the bold, new predictions Nassim Haramein makes about the nature of the proton and the confirmed experimental results of his theory and its implications. The film also reveals Haramein’s work connecting the ideas of Max Planck (one of the father’s of Quantum Physics) and those of Einstein’s, that has allowed Haramein to include gravity into quantum theory for the first time! When you discover all of the ways that you are physically and energetically connected to the Universe, you will never look at yourself or your world the same way again. The Connected Universe will inspire you to connect more with our earth and our cosmos, and the potential of you you are, and who you can become.

Movie 'The Way Out' + discussion

Mawson Centre (MC1-21)


NOTE DATE CHANGE to Sunday Sept 22. I had so many people who wrote to say the 15th was unworkable, and the uptake on numbers was slow - so shifted. My apologies, and I hope the new date still works for early responders. YAY! It just became available Sept 5 in Australia. We're in! Brand new global distribution. 'The Way Out' is a collaboration between Thich Nhat Hanh's Plum Village and a German filmaker. About spiritually engaged activism and mindfulness about climate change and environmental sustainability. Need at least 15 people because it is a bit expensive... Trailer at https://vimeo.com/354509797/e8f6d26b79?fbclid=IwAR27tgsw0qc2fCCsj_8e3X3JMyIHPCl2vJriM4Chg9gn75e7QMfEUXyZvsc An urgent film about Climate Crisis, Activism and Mindfulness. What can we do, now that time is running out? Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh has a revolutionary proposal for facing the Climate Crisis. “The way out is in,” he states. “The way out of climate change is inside each of us.” His invitation is to stop: to stop running and to take a good look at what is really going on. To see what views drive our behaviour, how our thought patterns and our emotions work, and why we got into trouble with the climate in the first place. In silence, we will better understand ourselves and the Earth. In The Way Out we follow two young people, a Brazilian banker and a British activist, during a stressful period in their lives. Will they be able to save the earth — beginning with(in) themselves? Recorded in London and Yorkshire, UK, and in Plum Village, France. This film is a co-production with Dutch broadcasting organisation KRO-NCRV. _____

EXTERNAL EVENT Transitions Film Festival Oct 4-Nov 1 (*Film Tawai Oct 19)

Hi. I think it's the 10th Transitions Film Festival here in Adelaide, albeit a shortened version this year. TFF screens the latest positive and inspiring documentaries on sustainability, climate change and the environment. Followed by a panel discussion. Ticket sales donated to a local nonprofit group working on the film's theme. The full schedule is here https://www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/conservationsa/ Film topics include the evolving human connection to nature, Indigeneous perspectives, solar/renewable energy, appropriate technology, urban food production, regenerative agriculture, and youth climate activism. But I call your attention to Tawai: Voices from the Forest as the film most closely linked to spiritual themes. Trailer here: https://www.transitionsfilmfestival.com/event/tawai-a-voice-from-the-forest-sa/ Tawai is a word the nomadic hunter gatherers of Borneo use to describe the connection they feel to their forest home.From the jungles of Borneo to corners of India, and from the Amazon to the Isle of Skye, Tawai follows international explorer Bruce Parry on his adventurous investigation into what has happened to humankind since we stopped flowing with nature and began to build civilizations. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, Bruce Parry (BBC) embarks on an immersive odyssey to explore the different ways that humans relate to nature and how this influences the way we create our societies. Bruce Parry is a BAFTA award-winning documentarian, famous for his unpatronising style of investigation into difficult subjects in intensely remote locations. His extensive time living with Indigenous peoples the world over gives him a unique insight into the human condition and his time spent visiting places on the environmental front line has allowed him a broad perspective of our place on the planet. From the forests of the Amazon and Borneo to the River Ganges and Isle of Skye, Tawai is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself. A fascinating investigation into what it means to be human. You MUST buy tickets separately online or at door (take chances). This is NOT a MeetUp event. Other film topics include Indigeneous perspectives, solar/renewable energy, appropriate technology, urban food production, regenerative agriculture, and youth climate activism.


The Mawson Centre, Mawson Lakes

Hi. We are growing and Spiritual Movies has been around over 4 years now with over 1,200 members as of today. We've showed 50 movies (whew!) as you can see under 'Past Meetups' to the left (or list below). 2x indicates classics we started repeating in 2019. What are your favorites or movies you'd like to discuss or new ones we can stream? We do fiction sometimes as well as factual, and we generally avoid talking heads (i.e a teacher/guru just talking). Some possible showings I have in mind are new 'The Unruly Mystic' series from the US (famous conservationist John Muir or Saint Hildegard of Bingen preferred?; have written to producers to see if have to buy or can stream), Monk With a Camera (ditto - have written to get permission), Enlightenment (by Anthony Chene), and older classics like 'Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action' (2009) and 'With One Voice' (2008). Any that particularly call to you? Some of our best surprises have come from member recommendations so this was the only way I could think of to get the message to everyone. No date, no specific event --- just comment below and start those movie recommendations coming in. I've cut-and-pasted some member recommendations from before that were lost in a Meetup snafu. Keep adding. Or please comment yes or 'no interest' as people share ideas. Thank you. PAST MOVIES SHOWN BELOW (F = fiction) (M = member recommended; please share your ideas under Comments) (2x = it was so good and so popular we did a repeat in 2019) 1 - I Am (Tom Shadyac) 2x 2 - The Connection: Mind Your Body (Australian) 2x 3 - The Peaceful Warrior F 2x 4 – Happy 5 - Power of the Heart 2x 6 - Bab'Aziz (Sufi mystic) F 7 - One Track Heart (Krisna Das) 8 – Planetary 9 – Finding Joe (Joseph Campbell) 2x 10 – It’s a Wonderful Life (holidays) F 11- May I Be Frank (recovery) 12 – Future Dreaming M 13 – The Prophet (animated) F 2x 14 - Departures (Japanese / death) F 15 - Every 3 Seconds (poverty & social change) 16 – Human (part 1) 17 - Wake Up 18 - Chasing Buddha (Australian nun Robena Curtin) 19 - Awake: Yogananda 20 – Human (part 2) 21 - Heaven is for Real 22 – The Living Matrix: The Science of Healing 23 - Infinity: The Ultimate Trip 24 - selection from Belief (Oprah tv series) 25 - Lion in the Snow 26 – The Minimalists (reducing consumerism) 27 – Awakening: Dalai Lama 28 - Francesco (life of St Francis of Assisi) 29 - Ram Dass: Fierce Grace 30 - Pachamama Alliance's 'Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream' and The Turning Point (Joanna Macy) 31 - What the Bleep Do We Know? M 32 - Samadhi (Part 1) and Akasha (part 1 of 4) M 33 - Inside Out (animated, about emotions) F M 34 - Quest for Meaning 35 - Captain Fantastic M F 36 - Ayurveda: The Art of Being 37 - Sensitive: The Untold Story 38 - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring 39 - The Happy Film 40 - Two Rivers (native American spirituality) 41 - One Body, One Heart 42 - Human (part 3) 43 - The Mask You Live In (masculinity) 44 - Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet F 45 - Samadhi (part 2): It's Not What You Think 46 - Heal 47 - Walk with Me (Thich Nhat Hahn bio) 48 - The Last Dalai Lama? 49 - Waking Life (animated) 50 - The Age of Loneliness (BBC doco) 51 - DMT: The Spirit Molecule M 52 - Hare Krishna: The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started it All M 53 - Zach's Ceremony (Aboriginal) M 54 - Being in Heaven F(sort of; Michael Rowland perspective) M Your ideas?

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