Critically-acclaimed Protagonist explores extremism through four contrasting stories of personal revelation. At first glance the characters appear disconnected: a former German terrorist, an “ex-gay” evangelist, a bank robber and a martial arts student. But as their stories unfold, one starts to see the parallels between the uncommon, common experience of these four men, who have been devoted to personal odysseys to the point of total consumption.
Travel to the four corners of the world in this visually sumptuous series that captures the best examples of the art and architecture of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each film brings to life the most significant religious buildings of the three Abrahamic faiths, and enables viewers to enter the lives of the people who worship and celebrate their faith.
The profoundly moving story of native New Yorker, Jack Beers. He cuts down trees and rips telephone books into pieces at 94, but it is his long and diverse list of lifetime achievements that makes his tale so touching.
Susan Retik and Patti Quigley were two ordinary moms living in the suburbs of Boston until the tragedy of September 11 struck. Rather than turn inward, grief compelled them to reach out their Afghan counterparts to empower the widows of Afghanistan to live lives of dignity and self-reliance.
Blue Fin Tuna is a valuable commodity that faces potential extinction due to the explosion in the popularity of sushi worldwide. Once a Japanese delicacy, today the consumption of sushi represents a four billion dollar industry. Is the current sushi trade sustainable? What can be done to ensure that the prized Blue Fin Tuna exists for future generations to come? This timely documentary poses important questions that all sushi lovers should give thought to before placing their next order of sushi.
Jeffrey Catherine Jones was a transgender painter, illustrator, and comics artist. Narrated and told through the experiences and perceptions of Jeffrey, the film is guided and shaped by a group of creators who were influenced by Jeffrey at various stages of her life.
With brush, ink, and rice paper, Zen painter Alok Hsu Kwang-han uses the play of light and dark to explore energy, creativity, and the art of life. On the verge of his 75th birthday, with a new love in his life, Alok employs his teachings to confront his personal history.
In the 1960s and 1970s thousands of hippies journeyed east to India in search of enlightenment. All, in the end, embraced this land of ancient traditions and transcendent pleasures as their own. Hippie Masala is a fascinating chronicle about aging flower children who, after fleeing Western civilization, found a new way of life in India.
In a world wracked by increasing violence and horror, Forgiveness: Stories For Our Time brings hope that there are other possibilities beyond blind revenge, no matter how violent the crime - and that in forgiving others we can set ourselves free. Horrific stories of personal loss illustrate the power of forgiveness.
ON MEDITATION explores the deeply personal practice of meditation through an exploration of extraordinary people and their practices including David Lynch, Giancarlo Esposito, Russell Simmons, Congressman Tim Ryan, Peter Matthiessen, Mark Epstein and others.