We tend to go about our daily routines, relatively at peace, sheltered by the status quo of how our lives appear to be. Sure we’re far cry from yet achieving world peace, but we convince ourselves that we’re doing all that we can from our corner of the globe. Perhaps this monotony of living persists for generations even, leaving any unpleasantness avoided and unquestioned.
And then there may come a catalyst that shocks us from this state of being. Be it a person, a place, a book, a song, an event, or a work of art, we are awakened and can never return to the way things were.
My most recent experience of this came to me in the form of the documentary film, UNITY.
Written and directed by the creator of EARTHLINGS, my dear friend Shaun Monson and I reconnected at a screening of his latest project, UNITY. I was moved beyond surprise from watching this riveting documentary of truths and I felt the need to help support others into also partaking in this awakening experience of story watching. Like The Secret or other films that one agrees with or not, it just should be watched to trigger questions.
UNITY offers a new dimension to the cause in Human Rights. Or as the film states, “We are earthling, for we are human, animal, tree. Not the same but equal.”
"This film has taken 8 years to complete.
It is narrated by a cast of 100 voices, of which I am only one.
It is a documentary about why we can't seem to get along,
not with each other, the animals, or the environment,
even after thousands and thousands of years together on this planet.
At this moment in time
I can't imagine a more worthy subject to be released this year.
There's literally nothing you've ever heard or seen to compare this to.
There's simply no box you can put it in.
UNITY is a unique cinematic experience,
and one with a message the world is in dire need of hearing and seeing.
Please consider shining your light upon it."
— JOAQUIN PHOENIX
This masterpiece took eight years to create and utilizes a cast of 100 celebrities to speak one unified narrative throughout the film. Talents such as Ellen DeGeneres, Selena Gomez, Jeff Goldblum, Adam Levine, Deepak Chopra, Common, Adrian Grenier, Ben Kingsley, Zoe Saldana, Dr. Dre, Geoffrey Rush, January Jones, Jennifer Aniston, Joaquin Phoenix, Susan Sarandon, Aaron Paul, Tony Hawk, Pam Anderson, and many others lend their voice to the cause.
Set against a backdrop of some of the most stunning visuals (from galaxies to cells, landscapes in paradise to impoverished cities, and candid shots of both animals and humans in suffering and glee) this film resonates with each part of our being. The love, the tragedy, and hope.
UNITY presents itself in Chapters that takes us hand in hand through the journey of the human experience. Each transition helps to crack another barrier to UNITY, from an inflated sense of self-importance, often called “the Ego”, then calling us to action to our mutual starring roles in this epic cosmic drama. It begins by exploring our brief existence among the Cosmos (Chapter I), then travels to the preconceptions of our Mind (Chapter II), the nature of our Body (Chapter III), the infinite capacity of our Heart (Chapter IV), and ultimately to the mysterious energy of the Soul (Chapter V). As we progress through each Chapter, the story unfolds of what it is to be incarnate, with all the responsibilities, challenges, and opportunities that it holds.
"UNITY is going to be beyond special —
it's unique and defies the current whitenoise
and cybersaturation that is the blight of our times
which needs to be challenged / enthused / engaged
ecologically — spiritually — politically — cosmologically —
but most importantly — humanely.
UNITY is not a documentary.
It is a symphony.
I have never experienced such a palpable shift in an audience,
such a profound humanistic awakening in the course of a singular screening.
Yes, UNITY is that kind of film.
It will blow you away in the dark.”
— GEOFFREY RUSH
Unity will have a one-night only cinema event distributed by SpectiCast at 1,000 to 1,200 screens worldwide on August 12, 2015! You can purchase your tickets now at http://www.fathomevents.com/event/unity to join the movement.
I’m grateful to be able to add UNITY to my medicine bag of healing tools to inspire my community to our innate power to create a thriving life of beauty, health and freedom, one for all and all for one.
Here's to awakening with and unto Unity.