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Faith Connections

Director: Pan Nalin
Year: 2013

In this documentary, filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to the Kumbh Mela, a mass Hindu pilgrimage to a sacred river, and encounters remarkable men of mind and meditation.

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Griefwalker

Director: Tim Wilson
Year: 2008

GRIEFWALKER is an extraordinary portrait of Harvard-trained theologian Stephen Jenkinson, who teaches that death empowers us to live and that we must know grief well in order to appreciate our own lives.

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Human

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Year: 2016

Using testimonies and aerial images, filmmaker Yann Arthus-Bertrand confronts the realities and diversity of human conditions.

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Kumare

Director: Vikram Gandhi
Year: 2011

A provocative social experiment-turned-documentary, KUMARE follows American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi as he transforms himself into a wise Indian guru, hoping to prove the absurdity of blind faith.

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Hippie Masala: Forever In India

Director: Damaris Luthi, Ulrich Grossenbacher
Year: 2006

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.

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Meditate and Destroy

Director: Sarah Fisher
Year: 2007
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American Mystic

Director: Alex Mar
Year: 2010

Alex Mar's lyrical first work is a bold and artful documentary that braids together the stories of three young Americans who have chosen to sacrifice comforts in order to embrace the fringes of alternative religion.

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Mystical Brain

Director: Isabelle Reynauld
Year: 2007

Is it possible to shed light on the states of grace experienced by mystics and meditators? Mystical Brain shows us the most recent discoveries of scientific research on this phenomenon in North America and abroad.

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Mythic Journeys

Director: Whitney Boe, Steven Boe
Year: 2009

Every human being has asked the questions: who am I, what is my purpose, why am I here? The answers are in the sustaining allegories of myths that have been passed from generation to generation. With gorgeous stop-motion animation by the creators of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth and stimulating interviews with Deepak Chopra and other spiritual leaders, Mythic Journeys reveals the power of myth to transform lives into journeys. With the voices of Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show), Mark Hamill (Star Wars), and Lance Henriksen (Alien).

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Mindfulness: Be Happy Now

Director: Lawrence Kasanoff
Year: 2015

The practice of mindfulness was brought to the west by Zen Buddhist Monk Thich Nhat Hanh, who was once nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Edge of Dreaming

Director: Amy Hardie
Year: 2010
Amy Hardie is a rational woman and professional filmmaker until she has a dream that her horse will die, and wakes to discover him dead in her field. She tries to pass it off as mere coincidence until another nightmare where her deceased ex-husband predicts that she will die before her next birthday. Amy chronicles her quest to understand the meaning of her destabilizing dreams.
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Matter Of Heart

Director: Mark Whitney
Year: 1985

The original, compelling and inspiring portrait of Carl Gustav Jung, whose extraordinary genius and humanity projected his voice far beyond the realm of psychiatry, redefining the essential nature of who we are and what we hope to become. Stirring score by John Adams.

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Art of Faith

Director: John McCarthy
Year: 2008
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.
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Daughters of Dolma

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Year: 2013

DAUGHTERS OF DOLMA takes viewers on a journey revealing a distinctively female experience of Tibetan Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley. The documentary reveals how gender and modernity are molding contemporary spiritual practices in Nepal.

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On Meditation

Director: Rebecca Dreyfus
Year: 2015

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.

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Eco Chic Retreat

Director: Jody McNicholas
Year: 2014

Eco Chic Retreat is a one-stop-shop, stay-at-home DVD retreat experience designed for busy people on a budget to do alone or with friends in the comfort of their own living room.

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Brilliant Moon: Glimpses of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

Director: Neten Chokling
Year: 2010

Brilliant Moon chronicles the life of the writer, poet, and meditation master Khyentse Rinpoche, one of Tibet's most revered 20th-century Buddhist teachers. Spiritual guide to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Royal Family of Bhutan, his life and teachings were an inspiration to all who encountered him. Richard Gere and Lou Reed provide the narration for his dangerous journey out of China, the subsequent spread of his influence and the search for his reincarnation after his death.

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Sacred Love-Making

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Year: 2007

This film will awaken your senses, enrich your intimate understanding, increase your spontaneity, and - without a doubt - make you a better lover. Watch as best-selling author and relationship expert, Karinna Kittles-Karsten, introduces ancient Taoist love secrets and rituals for deeper sexual satisfaction and emotional connection.

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Eastern Mystics (4-DVD Set)

Director: Eric Temple
Year: 2010

In this groundbreaking documentary, well-known mystics from the Buddhist, Hindu, Advaita, and Taoist traditions discuss their own awakening experiences, the nature of mysticism, religious tolerance, love and compassion, spiritual practices, the many paths to truth, and world peace. Their comments and personal messages to the world weave together a tapestry of wisdom, compassion and promise.

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A Sinner in Mecca

Director: Parvez Sharma
Year: 2015

Parvez Sharma risks death to illegally film his Hajj pilgrimage - an act made more daring by the fact that he's gay. 

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So Help Me God

Director: Simon Cole
Year: 2008

If you don't believe in God, but want to, where do you begin? Advertising guru Simon Cole sets out across America in search of a connection with God that has perplexed and eluded him throughout his life. Simon Cole chronicles his odyssey across the nation asking Christians, Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, Muslims, Jehovah's Witnesses, Amish, Jews, Sikhs, Mormons, Buddhists and fellow free thinkers quite simply, "Who is God?" This powerful documentary is more than one man's quest to connect with God, it is a collage of the contemporary American religious experience that concludes with a personal revelation.

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Mantra: Sounds Into Silence

Director: Georgia Wyss
Year: 2018

An uplifting documentary exploring the growing music and social phenomenon of chanting Mantras.

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Spiritual Revolution

Director: Alan Swyer
Year: 2008

This documentary chronicles the evolution of eastern spirituality in America from its popularization in the counterculture of the 1960s to its widespread infusion into every aspect of our contemporary society. Discusses its role in our new understandings of social inequities, western faith practices, cutting-edge medicine and science, and more.

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Sunrise/Sunset

Director: Vitali Manski
Year: 2009

The daily life of the Dalai Lama is brought home with remarkable intimacy in Sunrise/Sunset. Granted total access to His Holiness for 24 hours, this is a day in the life of the Dalai Lama from when he wakes up at 3AM until his bedtime at dusk.

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A Gesar Bard's Tale

Director: Lharigtso, Donagh Coleman
Year: 2014

As a boy, Dawa was an illiterate Tibetan nomad whose life revolved around herding yaks. At 13, his life changed: through a series of visions, Dawa acquired the gift of telling the epic story of Tibet's King Gesar. Now, at 35, Dawa receives a salary from the government as a guardian of national cultural heritage and is regarded as a holy man by his community. When an earthquake reduces his hometown to rubble, redevelopment of the region takes a giant leap forward. In the midst of such seismic shifts, Dawa seeks healing from King Gesar and other divine protectors of the land.

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Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam

Director: Omar Majeed
Year: 2009

This documentary chronicles the nascent Muslim punk rock movement in America. The film follows The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of God consciousness with hardcore punk), and charts their brave, foolish, and often exhilarating attempts to navigate the gap between their cultures and their countries, their religion and their individuality.

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The Doctor from India

Director: Jeremy Frindel
Year: 2017

The Doctor from India is a meditative and immersive portrait of the life and work of Dr. Vasant Lad, the holistic health pioneer who first brought the ancient medical practice of Ayurveda from India to the West in the late 1970s.

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Breath of the Gods

Director: Jan Schmidt-Garre
Year: 2012

Modern yoga, that is, the form practiced daily by tens of millions of people around the world, goes back directly to the god Shiva according to Indian tradition. At the same time, however, modern yoga originated in the early 20th century - a creation of Indian savant T. Krishnamacharya (1888-1989). That story is far less known.

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Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton

Director: Stephen Silha, Eric Slade
Year: 2013

A chronicle of the iconoclastic life of gay poet, filmmaker, and spiritual visionary James Broughton, one of the defining voices of the sexual revolution, whose groundbreaking artistic celebrations of sexuality and the body influenced generations of the 1960's and 70's to profoundly embrace life and 'follow your own weird.'

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Secrets of the Soul

Director: Frederick Rendina
Year: 2007

What is the soul? Is it genetically encoded in our DNA or the product of centuries of religious teachings dealing with our mortality? Secrets of the Soul provides a window into the provocative question of what happens when we die. Many believe that something transcends our physical body - for some there might be a scientific answer, for others it's simply a matter of faith.

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The Forgotten Kingdom

Director: Andrew Mudge
Year: 2013

Atang Mokoenya is an unemployed, aimless young man who spends his days idling in the slums of Johannesburg. When his father dies, Atang must give up his selfish ways and fulfill his father's humble last wishes: to be buried in the rural mountain kingdom of Lesotho, the country they left 15 years earlier in hopes of a better life.

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Ayurveda: The Art of Being

Director: Pan Nalin
Year: 2001

This visually lush documentary travels 10,000 miles throught India, Greece, and the U.S. to accompany practitioners of AYURVEDA - probably the oldest continually practiced holistic healthcare system in the world.

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Free the Mind

Director: Phie Ambo
Year: 2012

Dr. Richard Davidson, a brain specialist, experiments with meditation and yoga as a means of helping soldiers with PTSD and children with ADHD.


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A Small Good Thing

Director: Pamela Tanner Boll
Year: 2016

Meet a group of people who share is a deep desire to have more meaning in their lives, a closer bond with their families and communities, and a connection to themselves and the natural world.

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The Tibetan Book of the Dead

Director: Barrie McLean
Year: 1994

A marvelous documentary creation"- CM MAGAZINE. Narrated by Leonard Cohen, this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching of the spiritual cultures of the Himalayas.

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Forgiveness: Stories Of Our Time

Director: Johanna Lunn
Year: 2007

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.

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Signs Out of Time

Director: Donna Read
Year: 2003
Signs Out of Time, a film by Donna Read and Starhawk, examines the life and work of world-renowned archaeologist Dr. Marija Gimbutas.
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When the Iron Bird Flies

Director: Victress Hitchcock
Year: 2012

WHEN THE IRON BIRD FLIES takes us on an up-close and personal journey following the astounding path of one of the world's great spiritual traditions from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture.

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Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action

Director: Velcrow Ripper
Year: 2008

Capturing the excitement of Spiritual Activism that is catalyzing the planet, FIERCE LIGHT illuminates the connection between spirituality and social change. Luminaries such as Alice Walker, John Lewis and Noah Levine share how their faith is a catalyst for political action.

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Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Director: Johanna Demetrakas
Year: 2011

Crazy Wisdom explores the arrival of Tibetan Buddhism in America through the story of Chogyam Trungpa, who landed in the U.S. in 1970. Trungpa became renowned for translating ancient Buddhist concepts into language and ideas that Westerners could understand and shattered preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave.Initially rejected, his teachings are now recognized by western philosophers and spiritual leaders as authentic and profound.

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