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I setup Candlelight Cinema in order to find new pathways to the audiances who want to see transformative films and having spent much of the last ten years working with a variety of indigenous elders, spiritual leaders, filmmakers and environmental activists we're in a good position to do so. Many of these teachers have been some of the first people to help raise our collective alarm bells of awareness of the challenges the world is facing.
Fortunately, this is no longer such a fringe subject (who would have imagined even six months ago a president of the United States interviewing a wildlife filmmaker to show how serious he wants to be seen about engaging with climate change?) The mainstream, out of necessity, is starting to take notice, but as yet it is not considered as much as it could be in the box office or prime time slots on tv.
As a filmmaker, entrepreneur and accidental activist I’ve been privileged to spend some time with extraordinary people and experience some extraordinary situations. This new collaboration with the Cygnus Community, in which we will share some of the world’s most ground-breaking and inspirational films, is no different.
If this is to be a defining moment of our lives where we make the contribution we feel we're here to make, then we must find ways to connect with and become advocates for, this new emerging reality or story that’s being born from the ashes of a broken system.
Watching and sharing these positive, life-affirming films together is one potent way to do so. I’m honoured to join this community who, in Cygnus’ own words* -“have decided to be the change, rather than wait for our politicians and multinationals to build their future for us.” As I learnt of Ann Napier’s recent passing I feel the difficult transition that Geoff, his family and the entire community must be going through. But I also feel strengthened in our joint resolve.
How can we ignore the suffering of our fellow brothers and sisters, or the persecution of the earth, simply for the pursuit of profit? It's unimaginable in so many ways and as a child I never for a moment considered we'd actually have to stand up agains't a system that seems hell bent on destroying the earth we live on.
It's through participation in communities like this that we dynamise what is referred to by Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone as “Active Hope”(Code: 220615 rrp £12.99 Cygnus £8.99) - a movement from passivity to positivity. The positive and loving intent behind this message is to invite you to participate in a new and ground-breaking moment.
One that Paul Hawkins, in his New York Times bestseller Blessed Unrest, (Code:171026 Cygnus £9.99 *describes as -“the largest social justice and environmental movement in the world that no one saw coming”. It’s a calling to the core of our being. A calling to connect with our “Blessed Unrest” - to be the champions of this new paradigm. This is something indigenous communities, including the Kogi, who I've had the priveledge to spend time with hope we realise before it’s too late.
It's what they refer to as our contribution to the Heart of the World, or in CG Jung's words the Anima Mundi. It’s an opportunity to rekindle the magic of life and to find solidarity through the sharing of intimate and touching films in the communities we're all a part of.
Each quarter, through this new partnership with the Cygnus Community, we plan to share with you a selection of inspirational films.