There is now an amazing new movie inspired by Joseph Campbell and his teachings on spirituality, psychology, and the hero’s journey. This enlightening (and entertaining) film is called Finding Joe (visit the official site). It was directed by Patrick Takaya Solomon and features Chungliang Al Huang, Rebecca Armstrong, Deepak Chopra, Alan Cohen, Tony Hawk, and many others. You can order the DVD here.
Archive for documentary
Jiddu Krishnamurti was trained by the Theosophical Society to be a great spiritual leader, but he later separated from the organization and declared that the only path to Truth is within yourself. All organized religions and institutions are hindrances to true freedom and enlightenment. This is a wonderful and inspiring documentary about Krishnamurti’s life and teachings.
Fractals: The Colors of Infinity
“Arthur C. Clarke presents this unusual documentary on the mathematical discovery of the Mandelbrot Set (M-Set) in the visually spectacular world of fractal geometry. This show relates the science of the M-Set to nature in a way that seems to identify the hand of God in the design of the universe itself. Dr. Mandelbrot in 1980 discovered the infinitely complex geometrical shape called the Mandelbrot Set using a very simple equation with computers and graphics.”
The Story of God is another excellent scholarly documentary that explores the origins of religion. Professor Robert Winston made the film in 2005 to be broadcast in three parts on TV soon after the release of his book, The Story of God.
Part 1: “Life, the Universe and Everything” – focuses on the origins of ancient animistic beliefs and the eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism.
Part 2: “No God but God” – focuses on the three great monotheistic Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Part 3: “God of the Gaps” – considers how the idea of God has been challenged by modern ideas, especially scientific theories and discoveries.
(This is no longer available on youtube, so save the mp4 version for your archive.)
This excellent documentary made for the BBC in 2007 explores the myths and cultures that influenced the origins of Christianity. There are uncanny similarities between the stories of Jesus, Krishna, Mithra, Buddha, and others, with deeper meaning that unites them all.
(This is no longer on youtube, so save the mp4 version for your archive.)
Helena Petrovna Blavatsky was a Russian-born mystic and traveler who wrote the epic books Isis Unveiled in 1877 and The Secret Doctrine in 1888 (among other articles and smaller books). She also co-founded the Theosophical Society in New York City in 1875. Here is a 1991 Russian TV drama/documentary that the Cardiff Theosophical Society in Wales recommends as a good introduction to Blavatsky.
I’ve been reading a few books by Annie Besant, and was very pleased to find this documentary on youtube. Watch here or save the mp4 version. Besant was an important figure in the mystical Theosophy movement of the late 1800s/early 1900s, which believes all humanity (all existence, even) is one family, and that there is an underlying Truth to all the major world religions and mystic traditions.
I did not know before watching this video that the theosophists “discovered” Jiddu Krishnamurti, and Annie Besant trained him to be a “gentleman” and spiritual teacher (many saw him as a messiah figure; he officially separated from the Theosophical Society in 1929). I also did not know that Annie Besant was an activist for social reform, workers’ rights and women’s rights, creating scandal with her endorsement of birth control. She is probably best known for her explorations into spirituality and religion, and her campaign for democratic independence in India.
“David Bowie is cool” is the closing line of this documentary from 2002, Sound and Vision. He does have an impressive, diverse catalog with at least 26 albums, and they’re all great. This film gives an extensive overview of Bowie’s life and career, and is narrated by Jonathan Pryce.
Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames is one of the best documentaries ever. Marion Woodman is a Jungian analyst, writer, speaker, healer, etc. She’s amazing, really. The trailer and 2 clips from the movie are on youtube (watch below), but I highly recommend seeing the complete DVD.
Marion Woodman videos are scarce on youtube, so here are the other two clips I found…