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Emotional Exploration Using Rare Movies

Emotional Exploration Using Rare Movies

A unique group which uses thought-provoking and rare cinema to prompt deep introspection and reflection on personal values, emotions, and life experiences, fostering self-awareness and emotional growth. 

Starts 30th May, 2024

8 Zoom sessions | 8 Movies/Themes

Small group, 6-10 participants

Every Thursday | 8 AM - 9:15 AM IST | 75 minutes

Led by Naveen Vasudevan

INR 5000 for India-based participants | INR 7500 for participants outside India

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Goals of the Group

Through guided discussions prompted by film screenings, the group will create an interactive space for:

1. Emotional Exploration: The movies used as part of the group delve into unique themes and storytelling styles, offering new perspectives and emotional experiences that mainstream films may not cover.
2. Personal Reflection: The movies and discussions will prompt deep introspection and reflection on personal values, emotions, and life experiences, fostering self-awareness and emotional growth.
3. Catharsis: The movies and follow up sessions can enable cathartic experiences, allowing participants to release pent-up emotions and connect with characters and narratives on a deeper level.
4. Connection and Empathy: By exploring diverse stories and characters, this unique group can facilitate empathy and connection with others, promoting emotional understanding and compassion.

List of Movies:

Among the 10 rare films listed, 8 will be chosen based on group preferences for discussion during the sessions. Participants are provided access to these movies to watch before the respective sessions

Whale Rider (2002)

New Zealand | A contemporary story of love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl fights to fulfill a destiny her grandfather refuses to recognize. | The film was named on the BFI List of the 50 Films You Should See By the Age of 14.

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Babette's Feast (1987)

Denmark | Beautiful but pious sisters Martine and Philippa grow to spinsterhood under the wrathful eye of their strict pastor father on the forbidding and desolate coast of Jutland, until one day, Philippa's former suitor sends a Parisian refugee named Babette to serve as the family cook. Babette's lavish celebratory banquet tempts the family's dwindling congregation, who abjure such fleshly pleasures as fine foods and wines.

IMDB Rating: 7.8/10

Finding Joe (2011)

USA | A truly inspirational film, Finding Joe explores the studies of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell. Take a journey through the human psyche and discover the pattern hidden in every story.

IMDB Rating: 7/10

The Color of Paradise (1999)

Iran | The story of Mohammed, a blind Iranian boy and his father, Hashem, who is always oscillating between accepting his son as he is and abandoning him, as he represents a burden for him, after the loss of his wife.

IMDB Rating: 8.1/10

Ikiru (1952)

Japan | The film examines the struggles of a terminally ill Tokyo bureaucrat and his final quest for meaning. Having won multiple awards, the film is considered one of the greatest films of all time.

IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

Coming Home (2014)

China | Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him.

IMDB Rating: 7.2/10

The Music Room (1958)

India | This film by Satyajit Ray depicts the end days of a decadent zamindar (landlord) in Bengal, and his efforts to uphold his family prestige even when faced with economic adversity.

IMDB Rating: 7.9/10

Infinite Potential: Life and Ideas of David Bohm (2020)

USA | Infinite Potential takes us on a mystical and scientific journey into the nature of life and reality with David Bohm, the man Einstein called his "spiritual son" and the Dalai Lama his "science guru." A physicist and explorer of Consciousness, Bohm turned to Eastern wisdom to develop groundbreaking insights into the profound interconnectedness of the Universe and our place within it.

IMDB Rating: 7.4/10

Metropolis (1927)

Germany | In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working-class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

IMDB Rating: 8.3/10

12 Angry Men (1957) 

US | The film tells the story of a jury of 12 men as they deliberate the conviction or acquittal of a teenager charged with murder on the basis of reasonable doubt

IMDB Rating: 9/10

Meet your Facilitator

Naveen Vasudevan

Naveen is a student of Yoga. Over the last 20 years, he has been engaged with the questions: “What does it mean to live meaningfully in today’s times?” and “How may I offer the best of myself to the Whole?”. This ongoing journey has been richly rewarding and fulfilling. He is a co-founder of Ritambhara and the founder of Aram. His interests include Evolutionary Leadership, Integral Psychology, and Process Work. He is particularly keen on working with young changemakers and those interested in bridging spirituality and social change. He loves reading, good cinema, and spending time in ‘nature’.

Movies for emotional exploration


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