Films Envisioning a Hopeful Future

by Francis G. Lu, M.D., and Br. David Steindl-Rast


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. "Films Imagining a Hopeful Future"
was the theme in 2011.

“ Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.“
- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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The future has been imagined for the film audience by screenwriters, directors, and actors/actresses since the beginning of movies. This seminar will focus on films from the silent era to the present that have envisioned with hope what’s ahead for the world and individuals, widening the possibilities of humankind. The films that have been chosen will evoke, through their characters, scenarios, and their bold cinematography and music, the qualities needed to carry hope forward and make it a reality through courage, passion, and imagination. 16 feature films from several countries will be shown during this seven-day seminar.

Films shown in this order:

Metropolis
Modern Times
Pinocchio
A Matter of Life and Death
The Day the Earth Stood Still
2001: A Space Odyssey
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial
A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Wall-E
I Know Where I'm Going!
Groundhog Day
Cherry Blossoms
Departures
Wings of Desire
El Sistema: Music to Change Life


See other film themes:

Twenty Favorite Films from the Esalen Film Seminars 1990-2011

Twenty More Favorite Films

Healing Through Gratefulness,
Exploring Nirvana and Salvation in Film,
Learning to Forgive,
Renewing Integrity Through Film: The Vision of Truth,
Exuberance, Creativity and Delight in Film,
Renewing Wholeness: The Spiritual Experience of Viewing Great Films,
Families in Film: Now and Forever,
Intolerance, Social Injustice & Reconciliation,

Wisdom and Compassion
Imagining the Feminine in Film
Guiding Lights in Film: Inspirations to Live By
Transformative Journeys in Film: Awakening to the Eternal Now