Mindful Cinema

December 13th—March 29th (2019)

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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

    Thursday, December 13: Beasts of the Southern Wild
    Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love. Directed by Benh Zeitlin, 2012. Watch the trailer here.

    Friday, January 4: The New World
    Terrence Malick wrote and directed this 2005 British-American romantic historical drama. Inspired by the historical figures Captain John Smith, Pocahontas of the Powatan Native American tribe, and Englishman John Rolfe, this film depicts the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement. The nonverbal communication between Pocahontas and Smith can teach us much about intimate communication. Watch the trailer here.  

    Friday, January 18: My Neighbor Totoro
    This critically acclaimed film amassed a worldwide cult following in the years after its release. The film and its titular character, Totoro, have become cultural icons. Totoro has made cameo appearances in a number of Studio Ghibli films and video games, serves as the mascot for the studio, and is recognized as one of the most popular characters in Japanese animation. Totoro is ranked 24th among IGN's top 25 anime characters.

    Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli for Tokuma Shoten, the 1998 Japanese animated fantasy film tells the story of the two young daughters (Satsuki and Mei) of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. The film won the Animage Anime Grand Prix prize and the Mainichi Film Award and Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film in 1988. It also received the Special Award at the Blue Ribbon Awards in the same year. Watch the trailer here. 

    Friday, 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.

    Friday, February 15: Empire of the Sun
    Steven Spielberg directed this 1987 American epiccoming-of-agewar 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.