Exploring consciousness

2008-03-25 00:00

The Eighth Exploring Consciousness Film Festival run by the Brookby Centre in Morcom Road takes place at the centre on March 28 to 30 and April 4 to 6.

The films on offer are:

• Cave in the Snow: documentary about the life of Buddhist nun Tenzin Palmo.

• The Cup: award-winning feature about Tibetan monks and soccer. Directed and written by Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche. Filmed on location in Chokling monastery, Bhutan.

• Sacred Sites of the Dalai Lamas: a remarkable film visiting the sacred sites of the Dalai Lamas in Tibet, a pilgrimage with translator and author Glenn Mullin.

• The Cave of the Yellow Dog: from the director of the Story of the Weeping Camel, an acclaimed Mongolian movie of the age-old bond between man and dog, a bond which experiences a new twist through the Mongolian belief in the eternal cycle of rebirth.

• How to Know God with Deepak Chopra: based on his book with the same title; Chopra looks at quantum physics and its role in daily life, in spirituality and in psychic phenomena.

• Krishnamurti — The Challenge of Change: a tribute to the old master who refuses all paths, all religions, all temples, all rituals, yet who inspires us with his great wisdom and insight and calls for the awakening of intelligence.

• On the Road Home: a spiritual journey guided by remarkable women of all faiths; an adventure story of the spirit that takes places in the inner and outer landscapes of Tibet, Nepal, India and the United States.

• Unknown White Male: one day in 2002 Doug Bruce, a handsome, successful young British guy, woke on the New York subway to find not only did he not know where he was, he had no idea who he was. This Oscar -shortlisted British film tells Doug’s fascinating and moving true story as he comes to terms with — and discovers the surprising flip-side of — his total memory loss.

• The Mayan Calendar: what can we learn from this ancient calendar and the Mayan long-term cyclical view of the natural order of things and how their “long count” system of timekeeping was set to end in 2012.

• Zen Noir: quirky drama feature in which a nameless detective, still mourning the loss of his wife, investigates a mysterious death in a Zen temple. His logical left-brained crime-solving skills are useless in the intuitive, non-linear world of Zen. A dark comedy, a romantic drama and a mystery by every definition — and very funny.

Other productions include four films featuring C.G. Jung: Face to Face, C.G. Jung at Bollingen Tower Retreat, Matter of the Heart and My Name was Sabina Spielrein, a documentary-drama about the love affair between 29-year old Carl Jung and his first patient, Sabina Spielrein.

• Admission to each showing is R20. If your reservation for films is R200 or more, a 10% discount will apply. Parking will be available in the grounds of the centre or in the street with a car guard in attendance. To obtain a booking form and for more information, contact the Brookby Centre tel: 033 344 3094 082 836 5879, or

e-mail: brookby@futurenet.org.za

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