Narrated by Oliver Stone, this new one-hour series features human events that at the time went under reported, but crucially shaped America’s unique and complex history. The 10-part series is worth seeking out.
This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey that seems especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. The film features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Segment 1
Stepping Into the Fire is a film that follows the true story of three successful individuals brought together by an ancestral medicine from South America that has become legendary for its miraculous and profound effects. Ayahuasca – as the Amazonian brew is known – is well known for its mental, physical and energetic healing properties.
Stepping Into the Fire closely examines the life-changing effects Ayahuasca can have and illustrates an alternative view of environment and health and why that is crucial to human success on a global scale. (steppingintothefire.com)
In this RSA Animate, renowned academic David Harvey asks if it is time to look beyond capitalism towards a new social order that would allow us to live within a system that really could be responsible, just, and humane? This is based on a lecture at the RSA, (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has been a cradle of enlightenment thinking and a force for social progress for over 250 years. (11:10 min)
The nomadic Touareg tribes have endured years of drought and civil war. The one constant through this hardship has been the music of Tinariwen. Once a group of rebel soldiers, training alongside Colonel Gadaffi in Libya, after years of struggle and violence Tinariwen decided to lay down their guns and fight with a different weapon – music.
Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku discusses his thoughts and solution to the Singularity in this excerpt from the tv series Sci Fi Science. (3:50 min)
Historian and writer Dan Cruickshank celebrates architecture as a creative force as he explores the world’s greatest cities, buildings and monuments. In the first episode, Cruickshank explores how humanity has created beauty through architecture. He travels to Greenland to build an igloo. In China he scales the world’s biggest Buddha and deciphers a temple in India rich with erotic images. He visits the Catherine Palace, a hot-blooded baroque masterpiece in the middle of snowy Russia. Finally, he uncovers the dark tale of Albi Cathedral, a building originally designed to suppress the local population but now an object of beauty and wonder. (58 min)
“Send me dead flowers in the morning; Send me dead flowers by the mail; Send me dead flowers to my wedding; and I won’t forget to put roses on your grave.” Rolling Stones live in 1972 from the 1969 album Sticky Fingers
Situated deep in the Cambodian jungle, the majestic temple of Angkor Wat was designed to honour the Hindu god Vishnu and took over 30 years to build. (50 min)