My apologies for a delayed blog posting. Our Film Festival experience was nothing short of magical and transformational for us both. Steve and I returned on a spiritual and emotional high that I thought was going to carry us on for a while. Unfortunately, we returned home to a literal blizzard but also an emotional one. We had to dig our way out of both. I had to intentionally remove myself from the bombardment of negativity that the “real” world was putting out. It is so difficult to sustain the high of an experience like we had when our world, our country, our politics are senselessly flailing around us. In the face of all this, I will attempt to rekindle some of my uplifting experience to share with you all. I hope that it may begin to shift my energy back to a positive space and possibly help you shift yours too. After all it is only when we enter into that positive space and begin to demand change for the better, that change will begin.
The Movies and Meaning Film Festival was attended by a group of emerging, conscious, self-aware people from all over the world who were anxious to be intellectually and emotionally challenged by films that offered awareness without gore, shock and extreme violence. All the films we screened were unique and diverse but all were lovingly created with a passion and intention of raising awareness and inspiring change. I found myself squirming uncomfortably through some and weeping through others but all challenged me in some way. Interestingly I came to understand how powerful it is to use film as a medium to inspire change. Using imagery creates experiences and feelings in our minds and bodies much like memories and can inspire immediate and strong responses. This works for good and for bad, which is why we should be as discriminating about what we put into our memory bank (the vault) to sustain our soul as we are with what we eat to sustain our bodies. Be a conscious consumer with all that you consume including the images you store in your vault!
With that said I plan to share my thoughts and experiences with some of the movies that most impacted me through my blog posts. I will provide links to the movies in case you want to have your own experience with them and I would love to hear your experiences!
The first movie that touched me and my soul was The Dam Keeper, an animated film about a village that is protected from a noxious ash fog by one little character who mans the wind mill on the dam. The task is tedious, unglamorous and dirty and unfortunately deeply underappreciated by the village. I won’t give away any more of the plot but the message from this film is this: “We may find our purpose in life to be a burden and surrounded by darkness; but it may be that our purpose also protects other people from the darkness.”
Initially I watched the movie and only saw the surface plot. I felt entertained and moved. But afterwards during the wrap up, when I heard the message explained, a knot formed in my throat and I clutched my heart and the dam holding back my tears broke. Wow! That was powerful! The audience was given our own pinwheels to take home to remind us of the dam keeper and his task of keeping away the darkness.