Mindful Cinema

February 15th—May 24th

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    Room: Community Room

    Bi-weekly, 6:30–9:30pm

    Fusing international culture, diversity, and kindness, Mindful Cinema is a gathering for Shambhala Boulder cinephiles and foodies. Welcoming new members, visitors, and committed practitioners, this group shares culinary delights and movies that explore meaningful themes, such as tradition, generosity, loyalty, forgiveness, and death. We screen international films from Sundance, Cannes, and other festivals.

    We encourage diffusing culture, diversity, and kindness through the dish you bring and the foreign films we watch together over a nice glass of wine. Join us for a true potluck dinner—your contribution makes it happen! A short discussion follows the film.

    Kindly RSVP here and note in the comment section what creative, elegant dish you’d like to bring. For more information, contact Angie at [email protected] or Andrew at [email protected]

    Upcoming Films

    February 1: Milarepa
    This 2006 film tells a tale of greed and vengeance, with demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic. Watch the trailer here.

    February 15: Empire of the Sun
    Steven Spielberg directed this 1987 American epic coming-of-age war film starring Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson and Nigel Havers. The film tells the story of Jamie "Jim" Graham, a young boy who goes from living in a wealthy British family in Shanghai to becoming a prisoner of war in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Watch the trailer here.

    March 1: Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales)
    Six short stories that explore the extremities of human behavior involving people in distress. Despite the clear common theme of violence and vengeance, what connects the accounts is the fuzzy boundary that separates civilization from barbarism, the vertigo of losing your temper, and the undeniable pleasure of losing control. A movie about the desire for freedom and how this lack of freedom, and the rage and anguish it produces, can cause us to run off the rails. Directed by Damián Szifron, Argentina, 2014. View the trailer here.

    March 15: Footnote
    A study of human nature, this 2011 Israeli film is deep and takes no prisoners. Two main characters: the father has devoted his life to scratching out minute inconsistencies in various versions of the Talmud. His son is a great popularizer of Judaic lore, whose books are best-sellers and whose face is often on television. Directed by Joseph Ceder. 
    View the trailer

    March 29: Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet
    Directed by Roger Allers, this animated feature gives enchanting new form to Gibran's timeless verses. A painterly cinematic adventure about freedom and the power of human expression. USA, France, Canada, Lebanon, Qatar, 2015. Watch the trailer here.

    April 12: The Story of the Weeping Camel
    A nomadic family in Mongolia's Gobi desert faces a problem when a white camel colt is born in a difficult delivery and rejected by its mother. The two sons are sent to a nearby town to find a musician who can perform a "Hoos" musical ceremony, to encourage the mother camel to accept her colt. A blend of documentary footage and narrative, it won the 2003 European Film Award for Best Documentary. Directed by Luigi Falorni and Byambasuren Davaa, Mongolia, 2005. View the trailer here.

    April 26: The Eel
    Japan's maverick master Shohei Imamura delivers a gentle, droll and haunting film about an ex-con making his awkward way to redemption. Watch the trailer here. 

    May 10: Eternity and a Day
    Famous writer Alexander is very ill and has little time left to live. He meets a little boy on the street, who is an illegal immigrant from Albania, and goes on a journey with him to take the boy home. Directed by Theo Angelopoulos, Greece, 1998. View the trailer here.

    May 24: Embrace of the Serpent
    The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant. Directed by Ciro Guerra, Columbia, 2013. Watch the trailer