Consciousness and entertainment are not always synonymous in a film. Both are extremely important to us here at Conscious Good. As a result, we’ve curated a list of films that are both thought-provoking and enjoyable for your viewing pleasure.
1. Sing Me a Song
Peyangki, a teenage monk living in a remote Bhutanese monastery, is the subject of Thomas Balmès’ latest documentary, Sing Me a Song. He becomes enthralled by cellphones’ ability to compete with the rituals of monastery life when TV and Internet reach the isolated land. An extraordinary journey, Peyangki’s adventure encourages us to reevaluate how we see ourselves and how we see the world. “Thomas Balmès’ fascinating documentary investigates the ripple-effect repercussions of an apparently good creation perverting a pristine community,” writes Courtney Howard in her Variety review. How can we know if we’ve evolved because of technology or if it’s actually the other way around?
2. The ReUnited States
There are various people who are dedicated to bridging our country’s wide division in the documentary The Reunited States, which is an optimistic and expertly made film. Ben Rekhi, the filmmaker, honors these unsung heroes of the United States by telling their tales in a respectful manner. As a result of the Charlottesville shootings, Susan Bro lost her daughter; Steven Olikara founded the Millenial Action Project (MAP), a bipartisan coalition of 1,500 young lawmakers; Greg Orman, an independent politician who ran for Governor of Kansas in 2018; and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple traveling across the country in an RV to find out what divides us. If you’re looking for something to watch with your loved ones as we usher in the new year and the next president, this is it.
3. My Octopus Teacher
For a year, Craig Foster, a naturalist from South Africa, studied a female octopus and the results were breathtaking. Foster’s adoration for his mutable inspiration is revealed through a story that reads like a love letter. For the first time in the film’s history, we aren’t merely shown the life of this strange creature; we are also made to care about her on an emotional level. According to James Reed, who co-directed this nature documentary: “It’s a hope that the lesson is that there are complex personalities in nature which just haven’t been documented yet.” This film does for the octopus what March of the Penguins did for the penguin – kindling a worldwide love fest. Discover a brand-new favorite.
4. The Secret: Dare to Dream
“The Secret: Dare to Dream,” starring Katie Holmes (Miranda Wells) and Josh Lucas (Bray Johnson), is based on Rhonda Byrne’s 2006 bestseller, “The Secret.” The Laws of Attraction are prevalent in both the book and the film. When the two main characters collide in a small fender incident, a series of events ensues that culminates in a storm, an unanswered phone call, personal development, and a whirlwind romance. Enigmatic Bray’s thoughts on life match Byrne’s book’s ideology throughout the film. What we’ve learned here is that when we learn to deactivate our habitual thought patterns, we expose our minds to new and more empowering ways of thinking. To be happy, “we have to be careful, since we get what we expect,” adds Bray. In the end, this is a heartwarming love story for the whole family that will make even the coldest hearts melt.
5. Kiss the Ground
Filmed by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground is a documentary about “regenerative agriculture,” a technique to farming that can help stabilize our climate, replenish our water supply, and feed the globe. Ecological systems are in jeopardy at the time of this film’s release. To be able to make tiny but significant improvements to their daily lives, citizens must first understand the underlying causes of how we thrive as humans.
6. Infinite Potential: The Life & Ideas of David Bohm
For those of us who haven’t attended a single physics class in our lives, Paul Howard’s film is an enlightening voyage into the mysticism of consciousness. Nobel laureate David Bohm was Albert Einstein’s spiritual descendant, as well as the “scientific guru” for Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama. Furthermore, Bohm brings Eastern wisdom to bear on his scientific discoveries, showing the interconnectivity of everything. Infinite Potential includes conversations with luminaries including the Dalai Lama, Antony Gormley, Sir Roger Penrose, and many others who were affected by Bohm’s revolutionary work. After decades of obscurity, the revolutionary potential of Bohm’s work is now being acknowledged. When a movie like this doesn’t make you feel more awake, it’s time to step up your awareness-raising exercise.
7. The Social Dilemma
An investigation into the effects of leading digital social media platforms, such as but not limited to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, is presented in the documentary. It emphasizes that a small number of engineers make decisions that have an enormous impact on the world. Alarms have been ringing for years, but they’ve been obscured by technical jargon and a general lack of understanding among the general public. The Social Dilemma takes away the technical jargon and focuses on the real-world consequences of the interconnected platforms that are dividing rather than uniting society.
8. The High Note
As told by Grace Davis, a rising star in the Los Angeles music scene, The High Note stars Dakota Johnson as Maggie and Tracey Ellis Ross as Grace. It is set in the glittering realm of the LA music scene. Overburdened personal assistant Maggie still desires to be a music producer as a child, despite the fact that she is Grace’s overworked assistant. Maggie and Grace come up with a scheme that could change their lives forever when Grace’s boss confronts her with a choice that could determine the trajectory of her career. a wonderful film that reminds us that our positions in life are actually just a matter of our own perceptions
9. A Life on Our Planet
David Attenborough, who I first saw as a child in the United Kingdom, sparked a lifelong interest in environment and travel in me. Having reached the age of 93, this documentary pioneer reveals his ‘witness statement’ on behalf of the environment. Attenborough has witnessed the demise of the planet’s biodiversity throughout the course of his lifetime. close up views of a man whose face has witnessed worldwide air travel, first images from the moon, and nature’s awe-inspiring splendor are all that show his deep melancholy. Yes, we feel his pain, but there is yet hope. One of our most cherished and revered leaders is offering answers that could rescue the globe if we take action swiftly enough.
10. Happiest Season
The Happiest Season features an all-star ensemble, including Kristen Stewart as Abby and Mackenzie Davis as Harper, a modern love story that warms hearts and brings families together. For nearly a year, lesbian pair Abby Holland and Harper Caldwell have been dating. Since Abby hasn’t celebrated Christmas with her family since her parents’ deaths, Harper extends an unexpected invitation to Abby to spend the holiday with her in her hometown. Harper discloses to Abby that she hadn’t actually come out to her family, so they return to the closet. Watch as The Happiest Season demonstrates how the only person who has power over our personal freedom is ourselves.