Brought to you by The Integral Leadership Institute and The Bodhi Tree, Cinema Petit shows documentary films that inspire, challenge and transform your thinking.
A donation of $15 per person ($12 for Bodhi Tree VIPs and ILI members) is payable on arrival. Each film is followed by a short facilitated discussion to encourage you to share ideas and
Doors open 6pm. Film starts 6.30pm.
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Thu 14 March
The Peaceful Warrior
An inspirational and triumphant film about the power of the human spirit, Peaceful Warrior is the incredible true story based on
Dan Millman's bestselling novel. A gifted young athlete, bound for Olympic gold, Dan has it all: trophies, talent, and all the women he wants. But after a life-changing event, Dan comes to rely on
Socrates (Nick Nolte), a mysterious stranger, and Joy (Amy Smart), an elusive young woman, to teach him the secret to overcome incredible odds and tap into new worlds of strength and understanding.
Hailed by celebrities and critics alike, Peaceful Warrior is "an inspiring film that could change lives." - Sting
Duration: 121 mins
Thu 11 April
Buddha's Lost Children
In the borderlands of Thailand's
Golden Triangle, a rugged region known for its drug smuggling and impoverished hill tribes, one man devotes himself to the welfare of the region's children. A former Thai boxer, turned Buddhist monk,
Phra Khru Bah Neua Chai Kositto travels widely on horseback, fearlessly dispensing prayers and tough-love. With his Golden Horse Temple he's built an orphanage, school and clinic - a haven for the
children of the region, who see him as a shaman, father figure and coach. Winner of the Best Spiritual Film, and Best Spiritual Documentary at the European Film Festival, Paris March
Duration: 97 Minutes
Thu 9 May
The story of a successful Hollywood director, Tom Shadyac (Liar Liar, Nutty Professor, Bruce Almighty) who experienced a life
threatening head injury, and his ensuing journey to try and answer two very basic questions: " What's wrong with our world?" and " What can we do about it?" With a film crew of four, Tom
visits some of today's great minds, including authors, poets, teachers, religious leaders, and scientists (Howard Zinn, Lynn McTaggart, Desmond Tutu, Thom Harmann, Colman Barks) searching for the
fundamental endemic problem that causes all of the other problems, while simultaneously reflecting on his own life choices of excess, greed and eventual healing. " We started by asking what's
wrong with the world, and ended up discovering what's right with it." -Tom Shadyac
Duration: 78 mins
Thu 13 June
Finding Rudolf Steiner
A visually entrancing journey into the occult philosophy of clairvoyant Rudolf Steiner, set against a background of modern
moral and social decay. Steiner died in 1925 and was one of the most profound and original thinkers of the 20th century; known as much for his clairvoyant explorations into the true nature of man, as
he was for the creation of Waldorf Education and biodynamic farming. This film presents Steiner's vision while allowing the viewer to make his or her own decision as to the direction of western
society and how we might begin to discover our own spiritual nature for personal and social rejuvenation.
Duration: 89 mins
Thu 11 July
Does money make you HAPPY? Kids and family? Your work? Do you live in a world that values and promotes happiness and
wellbeing? Are we in the midst of a happiness revolution? This film, by Roko Belic, sets out to answer these questions and more. Taking us from the bayous of Louisiana to the deserts of Namibia, from
the beaches of Brazil to the villages of Okinawa HAPPY explores the secrets behind our most valued emotion.
Duration: 76 mins
Thu 8 August
People v The State of Ilusion
Good movies are based on the successful attempt to tell a story. People v. The State of
Illusion takes you further, by making you part of the story being told. This film, by Austin Vickers, questions the very nature of reality, and through an examination of our perceptions, beliefs and imagination,
makes you both judge and jury in what will be the most important trial you will ever witness. This must-see psychological movie includes, as expert witnesses, some of the nation’s leading
thinkers in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, psychology, quantum physics, and consciousness theory, including Dr. Thomas Moore, Dr. Candace
Pert, Debbie Ford, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Dr. Robert Jahn, Dr. Peter Senge, Brenda Dunne, and Dr.
People v The State Of Illusion, directed by Scott Cervine and written and produced by Austin
Vickers, is set in the notorious “Old Main Prison” of the New Mexico State Penitentiary, and tells the story of Aaron Roberts, a single father who is arrested and tried on charges following an
incident that claims the life of a woman. He is convicted and sent to prison, and his daughter becomes a ward of the state. While there, an attorney learns of her plight and the story of
her father, and decides to represent her in an emotionally-compelling case against the State. It is an inspiring movie that will wake you up to the power of your imagination, encourage your
hope and elevate your spirit.
Duration: 86 mins
Thu 12 September
The Challenge of Change
A biographical film of J Krishnamurti. The Challenge of Change is the compelling story of a great religious teacher of the 20th
century, from his childhood discovery in 1909 to his lifelong talks with large audiences in most parts of the world until his death in 1986. Through the Theospohical Society, Annie Bessant, who had
adopted him and his brother, proclaimed Krishnamurti to be the World Teacher who had been historically foretold and expected by the Society. However he rejected any special status, declaring
that " truth is a pathless land" and denying that there could be any authority in religious matters. Includes excerpts from his many talks as well as an interview made for the film. He spoke
not as a guru, saviour or master, but as one who called for the awakening of intelligence in all human beings.
Duration: 78 mins
Thu 14 November
Journey of the Universe
Using his skills as a masterful storyteller, Swimme connects such big picture issues as the birth of the cosmos 14 billion years ago – to the invisible
frontiers of the human genome – as well as to our current impact on Earth’s evolutionary dynamics. Through his engaging and thoughtful observations audiences everywhere will discover the profound
role we play in this intricate web of life.
From the Big Bang to the epic impact humans have on the planet today, this film is designed to inspire a new and closer relationship with Earth in a period of
growing environmental and social crisis.
Beautifully filmed in HD, our story begins on the historically rich Greek island of Samos, birthplace of mathematician Pythagoras. Disembarking on the island at
dawn, Swimme expertly guides us on an exhilarating trek through time and space, sharing a wondrous view of cosmic evolution as a process based on immense creativity, connection, and
interdependence. After the toll of midnight, he sets sail into the star-lit waters of the Aegean Sea, leaving audiences with a sense of wonder at the mystery, complexity and connectivity that
permeates the Earth and universe from the very beginning.
Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind film was written by Swimme and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave
a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe. Created by a renowned
team of scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers, JOURNEY OF
THE UNIVERSE was produced and directed by Patsy Northcutt and
David Kennard. The story is also told with breathtaking clarity in the accompanying book written by Swimme and Tucker and published by Yale University Press.
Duration: 56 mins
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