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Filmpersonages worden ons gepresenteerd als een onbeschreven blad waarop we onszelf kunnen projecteren en hun strijd en victorie wordt de onze. Wellicht vindt je in mijn keuze voor de beste films van het jaar reflecties van je eigen heldenreis… en beïnvloeden ze met hefboomwerking jouw persoonlijke transformatie waar jouw ziel intens blij van wordt. Hier volgt mijn keuze, in willekeurige volgorde:
Lucky follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters who live in his off-map desert town. Having outlived and smoked out all his contemporaries, the fanatically independent Lucky finds himself pushed to the brink of his life in a journey of self-examination, leading to what is so often considered unattainable: enlightenment. Lucky is both an ode to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton, and a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality and human connection. Starring Harry Dean Stanton, Ed Bigly Jr., Ron Livingston and David Lynch.
2. Walk With Me
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch , Walk With Me is a cinematic journey through the world of mindfulness and the life of Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh. A holiday for the overburdened mind, the film delves deep into the life of the Plum Village Monastery, where devotees have given up all their property for a pure life with a common goal – transforming their suffering and practicing the art of mindfulness with this world-renowned teacher .
3. Chasing coral
From the director of Chasing Ice is this epic adventure with the goal of saving a crucial living being in our Earth’s complex ecosystem – coral. Made at the right time, this character-driven documentary feels more like a suspense thriller. Starring Zack Rago, a self-proclaimed coral nerd who will stop at nothing to collect visual evidence of this organism’s heartbreaking decline. This 2017 Sundance favorite focuses both palpably and infectiously on the potential for saving our environment and gives us a dose of hope.
4. The Last Dalai Lama?
Director Mickey Lemle (Ram Dass Fierce Grace) brings a very powerful and personal portrait of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to the silver screen. Lemle has been able to film the Dalai Lama extensively with an intimacy that was only possible thanks to their 30-year relationship. In this encouraging film, the Dalai Lama speaks candidly about the problems associated with aging that can trouble the mind: regret, unfulfilled dreams, frustration and inevitable death. In doing so, he explores the lingering questions about his next reincarnation. The Last Dalai Lama? also features interviews with Daniel Goleman, Richard Davidson, Matthieu Ricard, George W. Bush, relatives of the Dalai Lama and is framed by music by Philip Glass.
In this surprise Lionsgate hit starring Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, young Auggie Pullman (Jacob Tremblay from the movie Room), born with a disfigured face, is karmically destined to navigate paths of ridicule and bullying. A sensitive, humanistic story that guides us in the spiritual practice of tolerance, acceptance and unconditional self-love. Ultimately, Wonder satisfies us with the belief that people can be good.
Director Kelly Noonan made a life-affirming documentary about the power of the mind to heal the body. This film offers new insight into the miraculous healer that resides within us. HEAL not only taps into the brilliant minds of eminent scientists and spiritual teachers, but also follows three people on their high-stakes healing journey. This film, one of the best-selling documentaries on iTunes, includes interviews with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Anita Moorjani, Marianne Williamson and Dr. Michael Beckwith.
7. The Red Turtle
Impressively profound and of captivating simplicity, this mystical, wordless tale of a stranded castaway offers timeless lessons about empathy and love, longing for what we leave behind and the beauty of family. This Franco-Japanese co-production, brilliantly created by Oscar winner Michael Dudok de Wit, enchants you – if you’re open to it – with magical realism. Those who prefer a more family-oriented cartoon might want to check out Coco.
8. RUMBLE: The Indians who rocked the world
A celebratory exploration of the often underrated influence of Native American traditions in the evolution of American pop music, featuring Link Wray, Robbie Robertson, Jesse Ed Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Randy Castillo, Martin Scorsese, Quincy Jones, Steven Tyler, Iggy Pop, Tony Bennett and George Clinton. Both captivating and challenging, this star-studded tribute brings much-needed attention to the invaluable indigenous wisdom that resides in the heritage of American culture. After a standing ovation at the four-yearly ILLUMINATE Film Festival and a round of stamp dancing, I was not surprised that RUMBLE won the Audience Award for best character film.
9. The Farthest
The list wouldn’t be complete without a scientific or spatial twist and coincidentally, The Farthest excels in both categories. This irresistible Irish documentary examines the NASA mission that sent two Voyager satellites into space in 1977. Critic Glenn Dunks describes the film as “a struggle with the concept that this is not just a giant science experiment, but also raises the question: What does this mean for us, for Earth and for the whole idea of humanity? It’s also just a whole lot of fun watching with eyes like saucers on a sparkling journey across the Milky Way that is both enlightening and exciting…”
Enthralling from start to finish, this animated film tells the story of a young farmer’s wife Mija who risks everything to save her best friend Okja, a genetically engineered pig, from a multinational’s next commercial meat product. In this masterpiece by Bong Joon-ho, starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, Okja captivates audiences with emotional and political cleverness and reinforces the enlightened idea that all animals are equal.
11: The Goddess Project
With a deep desire to let the female voice be heard, two ambitious filmmakers decided to pack their whole lives in an old school bus to embark on the most transformative adventure of their lives.
Through powerful conversations with more than 100 women from all walks of life, The Goddess Project provides an intimate look at the collective experiences women have in the United States. They transformed these conversations into a film that will certainly touch you!