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Imagining the Feminine in Film
Since 1990 Dr. Francis Lu and Brother David Steindl-Rast have led annual 5- or 7-day film seminars at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. Films on a particular spiritual theme
(such as Healing Through Gratefulness) are shown and discussed, focusing on the participants’ personal experiences. "Imagining the Feminine in Film"
was the theme in 2010.
“The one-sided patriarchally masculine value-canon of occidental consciousness and the fundamental ignorance regarding the essentially different female and feminine psychology have contributed in a major way to the crisis of our time. Hence, understanding the Feminine is an urgent necessity not only in order to understand the single individual
but also to heal the collective.“
-Erich Neumann (1952)
The Feminine has been imagined in film by screenwriters, directors, actors/actresses and the film audience since the beginning of the cinema. In this seven-day seminar, we will view and discuss about 15 feature films that evoke in the participants—both male and female-- aspects of the Feminine: heroine, caregiver, waif, lover, anima among others. The Feminine will be revealed in the play of consciousness seen in film, theater, country singing, radio and television shows among other settings. The seminar will explore female relationships with men and women, gender roles and gender identity through active imagination stimulated by the films and discussion.
Films shown in this order:
See other film themes:
Healing Through Gratefulness,