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Shamanism movies for our times

Healing the Luminous Body: The Way of the Shaman, is an introduction to the work of Alberto Villoldo, Ph.D., who walked away from a career in medical research to live and study among the Inka and Q’ero shamans of the Andes and Amazon. Upon his return to the States, Villoldo founded The Four Winds Society and the Light Body School, both of which distill shamanic energy teachings into a framework […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Oh, the shame

Shame and/or humiliation are a driving motivation in hundreds of revenge movies—from horror flicks like Carrie to dramas like The Help. Shame was also on display in last year’s Oscar-nominated Manchester By the Sea, about a young man whose drunken carelessness results in the death of his children, and the appropriately named 2011 movie, Shame, about a sex-addicted man whose encounters bring no intimacy or pleasure, only physical release, followed […]

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Sharing the wealth | Economics for a small planet

Quite a few excellent movies on the economy have been released since the crash of 2008. Most have been mainstream releases, which I presume those interested have seen. If not, I recommend, in particular, The Big Short and Inside Job. Both will foment anger and frustration that the financial market behavior that led to the crash has not only gone unpunished, but with rare exceptions, its perpetrators have returned to […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Swords into plowshares

A Force More Powerful is a 1999 feature-length documentary film and a 2000 PBS series that describes six successful 20th century nonviolent movements, including Mohandas Gandhi’s leadership of the Indian Independence movement, the American civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the Danish resistance to Nazi Occupation, the Solidarity movement in Communist Poland, and the Chilean democracy movement to remove military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Written and directed by Steve York […]

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