1. Baraka: A deeply meditative look into life here on the planet. There is no speaking in this film so let yourself go and immerse in the beautiful meditation.
2. American Beauty: A dark humorous insight into American life. One scene to keep your eye out for is the flying plastic bag scene where he says: “that’s the day I realised there was this entire life behind things, a benevolent force that wanted me to know that there was no reason to be afraid….ever!”
3. Samsara: There are two Samsara’s. One by the team who did Baraka, but it’s not that one, even though that Samsara is beautiful. The other Samsara is a difficult to find Tibetan film about a monk who struggles with desire and monk life. He withdraws from the monastery to live a householder life, only to be faced with further challenges. The opening scene of him meditating in the cave is amazing!!
4. The Matrix: A supreme film about the relative field of life and how much it pulls us in to believing it is all of reality. As Morpheus will ask Neo: “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?” Loved this film!
5. The Secret: Wonderfully directed by my good friend Drew heriot, who brings the esoteric concept of the laws of attraction into the mainstream. One quote from the film says it all “Whatever is going on in your mind is what you are attracting.”
6. What The Bleep Do We Know: In short, it will expand your mind about what’s real. It will challenge your perspective of Reality. Joe Dispenza was brilliant.
7. Lucy: This film can be perceived on many levels. Yes there are attractive women in tight white t-shirts, car chases, drugs and guns. However on a deeper level it explores the advanced states of consciousness and what’s possible when we use more of our brain.
8. Zeitgeist: A three film series that challenges ideas around religion, September 11, and the banking system. The latter of the two films look at proposals for social and economic change. Not for everyone, but worth exploring.
9. An Inconvenient Truth: Al Gore finds his calling after politics to help us wake up and realise that there is an environmental issue unfolding here on the planet. “Future generations may well have occasion to ask themselves, “What were our parents thinking? Why didn’t they wake up when they had a chance?” We have to hear that question from them, now.” Essential viewing.
10. Foodmatters: James and Laurentine Colquhoun produce a powerful film about our diet and how our food is our medicine. This film should be in the school curriculum!