I’ve been fretting for two weeks over the next installment, which was to explore what activities are best regulated at what levels of society… personal, family, community, province, nation… and I’ve suddenly figured out why it’s been such a struggle. It’s…
Bo – - – - – ring.
Not only is it boring, but it’s inconsequential in the bigger picture of things.
How did I reach that epiphany?
Well, I just finished watching what I’m comfortable in saying is the best movie ever made (imho), and it’s put things into perspective for me. It’s moved my focus away from politics for a moment, and back to the things that really matter.
The film is compelling… moving… deep… it portrays life and death more accurately than any other film I’ve ever seen… it left me inspired and charged to face life on Earth from the most rewarding, most gratifying, and most pleasurable attitude possible… and it’s a movie that few people (outside of Brazil) have ever heard about.
It’s called “Nosso Lar.”
Years ago I read a book by the same name: Nosso Lar… which is Portuguese for “Our Home.” The movie is adapted from the book.
I’ve spent the past twenty years researching the afterlife with a discerning eye, that book was one of the best things I encountered, and now this movie takes the magic of the book and gives it drama, heart, and soul… not to mention breathtaking special effects!
The movie lasts nearly two hours and is sometimes free on youtube. (Search on “Nosso Lar.”)
You can purchase the English (subtitled) version, which has been retitled…
In any case, the movie inspired me to write a more suitable, more enjoyable article that will close out the “Politics and the Human Spirit” series… which I hope to finish up next week. The movie certainly sets the stage for the article I envision.
Thanks to my Aussie colleague Victor Zammit, who included the link in his much-read, much-appreciated Friday Afterlife Report this week.
Other reviews of movies about the afterlife:
Nosso Lar (Our Home) – an other-worldly (but realistic) portrayal of a spiritual outpost where people who’ve died can recuperate into an afterlife paradise. This Brazilian film has an English version: The Astral City.
Chico Xavier – a dramatic look at the life and afterlife of a great Brazilian medium. (English subtitles)
Calling Earth – a serious documentary by Dan Drasin about Instrumental Transcommunication (ITC), the use of technology to get in touch with the worlds of spirit.
Life After Death Project – a dramatic documentary by Paul Davids about the afterlife, including ITC research.
Twilight, Camille, and Coraline – three silly, fun, and somewhat dark movies that illustrate our human misperceptions about the afterlife.