From one of my favorite movies-Chocolat

‎”Let’s show the bastards we are ready to go down dancing!” – Armande

The Human Experience- a great movie. It made me cry and gave me hope. These young men are healing and changing the idea of what makes a man a man.

Director Charles Kinnane follows adventurers Jeffrey Azize, Clifford Azize, Michael Campo, and Matthew Sanchez on a remarkable journey to answer some of life’s greatest questions in this soul-searching documentary. Somewhere between living with the homeless on the streets of New York City, forming an intimate bond with orphans in Peru, and experiencing life amongst the African lepers who have been exiled to the forests of Ghana, these four world travelers gain a profound appreciation for humankind’s unceasing will to endure and experience life, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles placed before them. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

This movie is a must see for everyone. It made me cry and gave me hope.

The Power of Forgiveness
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From Northern Ireland to Beirut to Ground Zero, featuring Elie Wiesel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Thomas Moore, Marianne Williamson, James Forbes and others, The POWER of FORGIVENESS explores the challenges and reveals how forgiveness can transform your life.

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he POWER of FORGIVENESS explores recent research into the psychological and physical effects of forgiveness on individuals and within relationships under a wide variety of conditions and translates it into a popular, accessible documentary film for national public television. This includes feature stories on the Amish, the 9/11 tragedy and peace-building in Northern Ireland, along with interviews with renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best-selling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson and others. The film also explores the role forgiveness holds in various faiths traditions. It provides an honest look at the intensity of anger and grief that human nature is heir to. We see in the film that there are transgressions people find themselves unwilling or unable to forgive. Through character-driven stories the film shows the role forgiveness can play in alleviating anger and grief and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that come with it.

The movie- The Dhamma Brothers

This movie scared me, it made me cry and it gave me hope. It is a frightening and heartening view into the lives and minds of men that have often been labeled(by themselves and society) as “worthless and a lost cause.”  The acts of violence they committed were immoral…through interviews one can see the hurt and scared young boys that still exist inside these “hardened criminals.”  This raised many conflicting ideas and feelings inside me…Jen

The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic story of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of a group of prisoners as they enter into this arduous program. It will challenge assumptions about the very nature of prisons as places of punishment rather than rehabilitation. Despite the difficulty in obtaining permission to film inside a prison, the Alabama Department of Corrections allowed a film crew to document, not only the Vipassana program, but many other scenes and settings revealing the daily lives of prisoners and staff.Before the Vipassana retreat, the men openly express fear and trepidation, wondering what they will find when they look deeply within and face the consequences of past actions and trauma. They are shown packing their scant belongings and preparing for the journey inside, a very short walk down the prison corridor but a sea change in their lives as prisoners. We observe the transformation of the prison gym, a frequent site for violent battles among inmates, into a monastery, a separate, restricted place in which the inmate students can eat, sleep, and meditate in total seclusion from the rest of prison society.Grady Bankheand and MeditatorsThe Vipassana teachers, Bruce and Jonathan, prepare to live and meditate with the inmates. Teachers and inmates, men from culturally different worlds, are locked together in a dramatically revealing process. This is, most likely, the first time non-inmates have ever lived among inmates inside a prison.Seated on meditation mats on a red rug donated by the Warden, wrapped in navy blue blankets, the men sit still in silence as they journey inside. Their days are punctuated by a strict daily routine of eating, sleeping and meditating.After the Vipassana retreat, the men tell their tales of pain and self-discovery. The spiritual warriors of Donaldson Correctional Facility discuss their collective experiences and vow to try to maintain their nascent sense of solidarity. In the nameless, faceless anonymity of prison life, where daily life is organized around social control and punishment, Vipassana has offered an alternative social identity based on brotherhood and spiritual development.

The stories of the men at Donaldson Correctional Facility are those of the unseen, unheard, and underserved. This film shines a spotlight upon society’s outcasts and untouchables as we witness them on their Odyssean journey into their misery to emerge with a sense of peace and purpose. 

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