- Soufis d'Afghanistan 1 & 2- By Arnaud Desjrdins. Beautiful 2 part documentary on Sufism in Afghanistan in the 1950's. I know an english version exists
- Rumi: Wings of Love -Shems Friedlander
- Al Mahya- Shems Friedlandr
- Circles of Remembrance - Shems Friedlander
- The Power of Nightmares 1, 2, 3 (Very good documentary by Adam Curtis comparing Islamic extremism vs. Neo-con ideology)
- Bab'Aziz- complex and nonlinear narrative chiefly centers around the journey of a blinddervish, Bab'Aziz (Parviz Shahinkhou), and his granddaughter, Ishtar (Maryam Hamid), who — while traveling across the desert towards an immense Sufi gathering — encounter several strangers who relate the stories of their own mysterious and spiritual quests.
- The Last Dervish of Kazakhstan - The form of Sufism present in Kazakhstan was originally born through the contact between Islam and the local Central Asian traditions, most notably Shamanism and Tengriism. Bifatima is widely considered the last practicing dervish in Kazakhstan, a guardian of this old line of Sufi tradition. The film shows her performing rituals in which ancient shamanistic practices merge with religious beliefs.
- Alchemy of Happiness - Important documentary on the life of Imam Ghazali
- The Blessed Tree - An archaeological detective story discovering the Blessed Tree under which two religions first met, Islam and Christianity. A meditation on the themes of love of the Prophet, interfaith dialogue, veneration of holy sites, grace and symbolism. This film tells the story of the meeting between the Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) as a young boy and a Christian monk named Bahira. The meeting happened in the shade of a tree. Fourteen hundred years later that same tree was discovered still alive in the northern deserts of Jordan. The only tree alive in hundreds of square miles of emptiness. This tree is a reminder of the close links between the Abrahamic religions and a link to the life of the Prophet.
- Saint Mary - The Blessed Saint Mary (Maryam al-Muqaddasa) is a sensational film of the life of Saint Mary, theVirgin mother of Jesus, based on classical Islamic texts. The film begins with the birth of Mary and ends with the birth of Jesus, skilfully recreating the major events which Mary went through as well as that of Prophet Zachariah, Mary's guardian and a righteous Prophet of God. This two hour presentation is a glorious illustration and depiction of the lofty station held by Mary in Islam, as well as the great stature of Prophet Zacharias.
- Circling the House of God: Reflections on the Hajj - In this half-an-hour documentary, Martin Lings relates of his first Hajj in the 1940's which is accompanied by old, black and white footage from Mecca. The original beauty and simplicity of the Hajj is brought to the viewer through the sheer presence and eloquence of Lings' narrative
- Islam: A Pictorial Essay in Four Parts - This exceptional 90-minute video program on Islam aims at a high degree of accuracy and depth. It is outstanding for its quality, scope and beauty of presentation. This is one of the best audio-visual programs available on Islam. In ninety minutes, the viewer is able to gain a real understanding of the beliefs, culture and history of the Islamic world.
- Ashrams - Arnaud Desjrdins (Beautiful documentary on Hindu ashrams with footage of great sages like Swami Ramdas and Anandamayima. I know an english version exists)
- Ayurveda: The Art of Being, a visually lush documentary, travels 10,000 miles throught India, Greece, and the U.S. to accompany practitioners of one of the oldest continually practiced holistic healthcare system in the world.
- Ramana Maharshi: Abide as the Self (Great footage of the great Hindu sage and interviews)
- Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi; The Sage of Arunachula - Documentary on the life and teachings of Sant Ramana Maharishi (1880-1950) - One of the greatest saints to have lived in the 20th century.Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa (Not the most well made documentary but solid content about the life of the great Hindu sage Sri Ramakrishna)
- Bhagavan Sri Ramakrishna (Film on the life of the great Hindu sage Sri Ramakrishna)
- Darshan: The Embrace - A glowing introduction and travel diary deep inside the life, work and heart of the spiritual leader "hugging saint"- Amma. -Amma was the winner of the Gandhi King Prize (2002) for her work against poverty and illiteracy.
- Adi Shankaracharya AKA The Philosopher (For those interested in Shankara and Vedanta)
- Naked in Ashes: Among India's one billion people exists a passionate and (to Western minds) eccentric community of 13 million Yogis. They live in a world never seen on film. Paula Fouce's NAKED IN ASHES is a groundbreaking documentary; which offers an unprecedented look at the Eastern Yogi. These mystics leave everything material to embark on a spiritual quest. With honest simplicity;NAKED IN ASHES provides a magical glimpse into the world of these sages who find deep meaning in a life of chastity; austerity; and utter devotion.From covering themselves for warmth in the ashes of the dead; to pulling automobiles by their genitalia; the film's candid portraits of ascetics whose only quest is to experience the Divine captivates both the eye and mind.
- The Mahabharata - ( A classic series/ IIn ancient India the five Pandava brothers, Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sahadeva, are cousins of the sons of king Dhritharashtra, known as the Kaurava. The five are the sons of the wives of king Pandu, who seceded in favor of his blind brother after he was cursed. The men are raised together, but from the beginning there are difficulties. They are prone to fight and when Arjuna becomes a great archer, the Kaurava are both jealous and afraid. Is it the kingdom the Pandava are after? Yudhishthira, the eldest of the Pandava, strives after it as he is told by the deity Krishna that he will become king. The hatred and jealousy of the Kaurava grows even stronger when the Pandava turn a barren wasteland Dhritharashtra gave them into a great court. This can't go on forever. Inevitably a war will follow, a war that will shake the foundations of the Earth.)
- Shirdi Ke Sai Baba: Story of Sri Sai Baba's life.
- Phantom India - a landmark seven episode docu-series made for French television in the 1960s. Malle seeks the India not usually seen by foreigners, the secret temples and dusty byways, the street festivals, the remote tribes and hidden cities full of beggars, mystics, and madmen. Malle's narration (in French) gives information about the country and its people, its hierarchical and complicated caste system, its politics, its tribes, its culture, and its polyglot religious reality. Malle's impressions and observations, given in voice-over, make it a very personal journey into the heart of India. At first you feel how shocked and repelled Malle is by the country, but, as the film flows on at its leisurely pace, it becomes a spiritual journey for him, one that Malle allows you to share through the rhythm of his shooting and editing. Malle tried to capture India's rhythm in how he edited the film, which takes some adjusting to since most of the 363 minutes are shot in long takes that really immerse you in what you are watching, steeping you in its atmosphere. For the most part, Malle eschews British colonial India to discover regions untouched by the West. Alternately glorious and horrific, banal and mesmerizing, the series made me run the emotional gamut, including, I must confess, disgust. Having recently seen Chris Marker's "San Soleil" (another excellent documentary released by Criterion) it seems obvious to me that Marker was influenced by Malle's "Phantom India." At one point in "San Soleil" the narrator says, "Frankly, have you heard of anything stupider than to say to people, as they teach in film school, not to look at the camera?" Malle shoots "Phantom India" in the same spirit, engaging with the country's people, inviting furtive glances, penetrating stares, filming their holiness as well as their degradation not with the cold eye of a clinical observer but with the empathy of a fellow human being.
- Mystic India - Mystic India takes you through icy peaks to the cool blue Lake Mansarovar, into the wild jungles of Sunderbans and the reforests of Assam, through barren deserts and to the silent shores of South India. Explore and learn from the majesty and mysticism of India's art and architecture, music and dance, faces and festivals, customs and costumes which are brought to life on the giant screen. This entertaining, educating and enlightening giant screen film rediscovers India, a land of many mysteries and fascinations. It is the world's first large format epic on India. A period film set 200 years back in time, it retraces the incredible journey of an 11-year old child yogi, Neelkanth. In 1792 AD, he walked for 12,000 km continuously for 7 years, barefoot and barebody, through the length and breadth of India, from the Himalayas to the southern sea-shores.
- The Message of the Tibetans 1 & 2- Arnaud Desjrdins (Beautiful 2 part documentary on Tibetan Buddhism before the Chinese invasion)
- Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh - Ladakh, or 'Little Tibet', lies deep in the Himalayas in northernmost India. Isolated for centuries by high mountain passes, Ladakh was spared the impacts of colonialism and development that erased so much of the planet's cultural diversity. In this Tibetan Buddhist culture, people had created a remarkably successful culture, one based on cooperation and sharing. There was no homelessness, no poverty, and no one went hungry. There was no shortage of resources, no pollution. The status of women was remarkably high (higher than in the west), and relations between the Buddhist majority and the Muslim minority were peaceful and friendly. Then, in 1974, the Indian government decided to open the region to tourism and development. Almost immediately, problems unknown in Ladakh became endemic. The rapid breakdown of Ladakhi culture after exposure to the global economy brings to light the root causes of many of our most pressing problems -- environmental, social, economic, and spiritual.
- Zen - 'Zen' Buddhist teacher Dogen Zenji is a very important religious person during the Kamakura period, 750 years ago. After his mother died, he decides to move to China and settle as a Buddhist teacher. One bright morning, enlightened, Zenji returns to Japan as a devoted evangelist of the 'new' Buddhism. However, this new form of Buddhism is not accepted in all communities.
- Milerapa - Milarepa is a tale of greed and vengeance - demons, magic, murder and redemption. It is the story of the man who became Tibet's greatest mystic.
- Unmistaken Child - In Nepal, a venerable monk, Geshe Lama Konchog, dies and one of his disciples, a youthful monk named Tenzin Zopa, searches for his master's reincarnation. The film follows his search to the Tsum Valley where he finds a young boy of the right age who uncannily responds to Konchog's possessions. Is this the reincarnation of the master? After the boy passes several tests, Tenzin takes him to meet the Dalai Lama. Will the parents agree to let the boy go to the monastery, and, if so, how will the child respond? Central to the film is the relationship the child develops with Tenzin
- Life of Buddha - This documentary is a real quick way to understand Buddha. A lot of money around 4 million dollars are spent on the project. For me, Buddha has always been a mystery. This is most because of very complex teachings (or translations) which don't make sense if you don't know the real life of Buddha. I would prefer any new comers into understanding Buddhist to first see this documentary before going on to some advance level material. You would easily get the know-how and maintain your interest for advance levels. By technical standards this is brilliantly made documentary and presents an open view of Buddhism and life of Buddha.
- Zen Buddhism: In Search of Self: Following a tradition dating back over 1000 years, two dozen Buddhist nuns gather for a ninety day period of meditation, fasting and contemplation deep in the mountains of South Korea. With the singular goal of attaining enlightenment, the women undertake a rigorous schedule of meditation, at one point sitting for seven days without sleep. In this first ever documentary on the practice of Dong Ahn Geo (Winter Zen Retreat), you'll be invited into the Baek Hung Buddhist Temple to witness not only the nuns strict meditation practice, but their daily lives in which we see not only a deep spiritual discipline but an almost childlike joy and simplicity. Since the Great Monk Hyecheol built Baek Hung Temple in the 10th century during the Silla Dynasty (AD 57-935), the temple has been known for the most rigorous Cham Sun (Zen) practice. Forbidden until now, the camera captures the austere beauty of the Korean countryside and the long secret traditions of this Buddhist Zen retreat. This historic documentary was filmed from November 29, 2001 to February 26, 2002 at Baek Hung Temple, Palgong Mountain, Daegu, South Korea.
- The Yatra Trilogy: Prajna Earth - Journey Into Sacred Nature: Cinematic pilgrimages to legendary places in Southeast Asia and Tibet to explore the universal ideals of wisdom, compassion and inner peace at the very heart of these ancient Buddhist cultures
- Wheel of Time: Wheel of Time is Werner Herzog's photographed look at the largest Buddhist ritual in Bodh Gaya, India.
- Tibet: A Buddhist Trilogy - From a portrait of the Dalai lama as a spiritual and temporal leader, to an unprecedented revelation of the mystical inner world of monastic and an unflinching depiction of the moving response to a death in the community, the film takes the viewer on a journey deep into the heart of an ancient Buddhist way of life and brings you face to face with the unbroken continuity of Tibet's unique culture.
- Buddha's Lost Children - Buddha's Lost Children is a feature-length documentary film about a Thai Buddhist monk who - armed only with his faith and skills and master boxer skills - wages an inspirational battle to help orphaned children, fight drug abuse, and preserve a vanishing way of life.
- A Zen Life; D.T. Suzuki - Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (1870~1966) was one of the 20th century's most important writers and thinkers. During his long and extraordinarily fruitful life Suzuki became the first voice of Japanese Buddhism, especially Zen, to the Western World. He traveled and lectured around the world and has had a major impact on religious, artistic and philosophical thinking that continues to this day. D.T. Suzuki's landmark books, "An Introduction to Zen Buddhism" (1934) and "Zen and Japanese Culture" (1959) changed the world of arts and letters profoundly. More than 30 of his books remain in print. A ZEN LIFE is the first documentary film to present the extraordinary life of D.T. Suzuki. This vivid portrait of the man and his times includes rare footage of Suzuki himself and reminiscences by many whose lives and thinking he influenced. Interviewed in A ZEN LIFE are poet Gary Snyder, religious philosopher Huston Smith, author Donald Richie, psychiatrist Albert Stunkard. and Suzuki's long-time assistant Mihoko Okamura and many others. Numerous important figures of the 20th Century acknowledged Suzuki's impact on their work and thought including Carl Jung, Erich Fromm, Martin Heidegger, Merce Cunningham, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, John Cage, and Alan Watts.
- Thus I have Heard; Vidhyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche - This hour-long collection of highlights from Thus I Have Heard: The Teachings of Chögyam Trungpa provides an excellent introduction to the power, depth, and brilliance of Vidyadhara Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche during the seventeen years that he taught in North America.
- A Year in Tibet - For the first time, the BBC has been able to film inside Tibet unsupervised by Chinese authorities to bring you this bold, compelling and highly topical series. Isolated in the midst of the world’s highest mountains, the Himalayas, Tibet is one of the most remote and least accessible places on the planet. This series focuses on the medieval town of Gyantse and the beautiful Baijin monastery. It is both an intimate observation of a society and a compelling insight into how Tibetans cope with living under imposed Chinese Communist rule. Gyantse is a town of two halves: part jumble of tiny streets with traditional wooden houses, part modern commercial centre – an intriguing mix of the ancient and the modern. Here cows, bikes, intrepid travellers in ancient buses and 4x4’s jostle each other along the potholed streets. Through a handful of powerful and engaging characters, follow the reality of daily life for ordinary people living in an extraordinary place. From the hotelier struggling to attract more tourists; to the 13 year old novice monk trying to pass his exams; to the young girl who doesn’t find out until her wedding day that she is to be married to two brothers
- Zen Buddhism; In Search of Self - Following a tradition dating back over 1000 years, two dozen Buddhist nuns gather for a ninety day period of meditation, fasting and contemplation deep in the mountains of South Korea. With the singular goal of attaining enlightenment, the women undertake a rigorous schedule of meditation, at one point sitting for seven days without sleep. In this first ever documentary on the practice of Dong Ahn Geo (Winter Zen Retreat), you'll be invited into the Baek Hung Buddhist Temple to witness not only the nuns strict meditation practice, but their daily lives in which we see not only a deep spiritual discipline but an almost childlike joy and simplicity. Since the Great Monk Hyecheol built Baek Hung Temple in the 10th century during the Silla Dynasty (AD 57-935), the temple has been known for the most rigorous Cham Sun (Zen) practice. Forbidden until now, the camera captures the austere beauty of the Korean countryside and the long secret traditions of this Buddhist Zen retreat. This historic documentary was filmed from November 29, 2001 to February 26, 2002 at Baek Hung Temple, Palgong Mountain, Daegu, South Korea.
- Into Great Silence 1 & 2: Into Great Silence is a very strict, next to silent meditation on monastic life in a very pure form. No music except the chants in the monastery, no interviews, no commentaries, no extra material. Changing of time, seasons, and the ever repeated elements of the day, of the prayer. A film to become a monastery, rather than depict one. A film on awareness, absolute presence, and the life of men who devoted their lifetimes to God in the purest of form. Contemplation. An object in time. Into Great Silence is the first film ever about life inside the Grande Chartreuse, the mother house of the legendary Carthusian Order in the French Alps.
- The Baptism Of Jesus Christ: Uncovering Bethany Beyond The Jordan: A documentary on the site where Christ was Baptised by John the Baptist.
- Jesus Camp - Jesus Camp follows several young children as they prepare to attend a summer camp where the kids will get their daily dose of evangelical Christianity. Becky Fischer works at the camp, which is named Kids on Fire. Through interviews with Fischer, the children, and others, Jesus Camp illustrates the unswerving belief of the faithful. A housewife and homeschooling mother tells her son that creationism has all the answers. Footage from inside the camp shows young children weeping and wailing as they promise to stop their sinning. Child after child is driven to tears. Juxtapose these scenes with clips from a more moderate Christian radio host (who is appalled by such tactics), and Jesus Camp seems to pose a clear question: are these children being brainwashed?
- Song of Bernadette 1 & 2- (Film/ In 1858 France, Bernadette, an adolescent peasant girl, has a vision of "a beautiful lady" in the city dump. She never claims it to be anything other than this, but the townspeople all assume it to be the virgin Mary. The pompous government officials think she is nuts, and do their best to suppress the girl and her followers, and the church wants nothing to do with the whole matter. But as Bernadette attracts wider and wider attention, the phenomenon overtakes everyone in the the town, and transforms their lives.)
- The Passion of the Christ- A depiction of the last twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. The story opens in the Garden of Olives where Jesus has gone to pray after the Last Supper. Betrayed by Judas Iscariot, the controversial Jesus--who has performed 'miracles' and has publicly announced that he is 'the Son of God'--is arrested and taken back within the city walls of Jerusalem. There, the leaders of the Pharisees confront him with accusations of blasphemy; subsequently, his trial results with the leaders condemning him to his death. Jesus is brought before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor of Palestine, for his sentencing. Pilate listens to the accusations leveled at Jesus by the Pharisees. Realizing that his own decision will cause him to become embroiled in a political conflict, Pilate defers to King Herod in deciding the matter of how to persecute Jesus. However, Herod returns Jesus to Pilate who, in turn, gives the crowd a choice between which prisoner.
- The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) - (Film/ The sufferings of a martyr, Jeanne D'Arc (1412-1431). Jeanne appears in court where Cauchon questions her and d'Estivet spits on her. She predicts her rescue, is taken to her cell, and judges forge evidence against her. In her cell, priests interrogate her and judges deny her the Mass. Threatened first in a torture chamber and then offered communion if she will recant, she refuses. At a cemetery, in front of a crowd, a priest and supporters urge her to recant; she does, and Cauchon announces her sentence. In her cell, she explains her change of mind and receives communion. In the courtyard at Rouen castle, she burns at the stake; the soldiers turn on the protesting crowd.)
- Trial of Joan of Arc (1962) - A reconstruction of the trial of Joan of Arc (based entirely on the transcripts of the real-life trial), concerning Joan's imprisonment, interrogation and final execution at the hands of the English, filmed in a spare, low-key fashion.
- Ostrov - Somewhere in Northern Russia in a small Russian Orthodox monastery lives an unusual man whose bizarre conduct confuses his fellow monks, while others who visit the island believe that the man has the power to heal, exorcise demons and foretell the future.
- A Man for All Seasons - The story takes place in 16th century England. But men like Sir Thomas More, who love life yet have the moral fiber to lay down their lives for their principles, are found in every century. Concentrating on the last seven years of English chancellor's life, the struggle between More and his King, Henry VIII, hinges on Henry's determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current wife and wed again, and good Catholic More's inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course.
- Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?: A Zen Fable - Three people live in a remote Buddhist monastery near Mount Chonan: Hyegok, the old master; Yong Nan, a young man who has left his extended family in the city to seek enlightenment - Hyegok calls him Kibong!; and, an orphan lad Haejin, whom Hyegok has brought to the monastery to raise as a monk. The story is mostly Yong Nan's, told in flashbacks: how he came to the monastery, his brief return to the city, his vacillation between the turbulence of the world and his hope to overcome passions and escape the idea of self. We also see Hyegok as a teacher, a protector, and a father figure, and we watch Haejin make his way as a curious and nearly self-sufficient child.
- Merton: A Film Biography - This DVD provides the first comprehensive look at this remarkable 20th-Century Trappist monk, religious philosopher, and influential author, who wrote, in addition to his immensely popular autobiography "The Seven Storey Mountain", over 60 books on spirituality.
- Miracle of Marceliano: Marcelino is an orphan who grows up in a monastery. One day when he eats his small meal in a room full of old things he gives a piece of his bread to an old wooden Jesus figure - and indeed it takes the bread and eats it. Getting a wish granted for his donation Marcelino wishes to see his mother...
- Quo Vadis (1951) A fierce Roman general becomes infatuated with a beautiful Christian hostage and begins questioning the tyrannical leadership of the despot Emporer Nero.
- Ben-Hur (1959) When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
- Andrei Rublev (1966): The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.
- 500 Nations - 500 Nations is an eight part documentary which explores the history of the indigenous peoples of North and Central America, from pre-Colombian times, through the period of European contact and colonization, to the end of the 19th century and the subjugation of the Plains Indians of North America. 500 Nations relies on historical texts, eyewitnesses accounts, pictorial sources and computer graphic reconstructions to explore the magnificent civilizations which flourished prior to contact with Western civilization, and to tell the dramatic and tragic story of the Native American nations' desperate attempts to retain their way of life against overwhelming odds.
- Maya Deren (The Divine Horsemen): The Living Gods of Haiti - A documentary film about Haitian voodoo.
- Cave of Forgotten Dreams: Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.
- The Last Wave: A Sydney lawyer defends five Aborigines in a ritualized taboo murder and in the process learns disturbing things about himself and premonitions.
- A Life Apart - Hasidism in America - Hasidic Jews seem alien, and even hostile, to those outside their culture,which frequently includes other Jews. They dress differently, don't mingle between the sexes, speak Yiddish, and wear side curls, all in an attempt to rigorously follow the commandments of the Torah. They tend to keep to themselves, shunning television and the media so outside influences cannot corrupt their values and views. Yet filmmakers Oren Rudavsky and Menachem Daum were able to enter their world, and the result is the fascinating documentary A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. Using interviews with academics and members of the community and some historical footage, the filmmakers trace the growth of Hasidic groups in the United States. Groups formed around particular Rebbes (learned leaders) and they took their names from their Eastern European home cities (the Satmar Hasids, the Breslov Hasids, and so on). Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker narrate, explaining how this movement came to America
- The Chosen - (Film/ In 1944, in Brooklyn, two Jewish kids become friends. One is from a very conservative family, and the other is more liberal. The issues of importance of tradition, parental expectations and the formation of Israel cause constant friction.
- Amongst White Clouds -A beautiful documentary on the journey exploring the practices of Chinese hermits living in the Zhongnan Mountains.
- 'Confucius' - A Chinese biographical drama film recently made that covers the life of Confucius. I thought it was quite mediocre but it is one of a few films that covers this tradition.
- Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth - Collection of six PBS-made documentaries about myths. Scholar Joseph Campbell and journalist Bill Moyers hold a series of conversations, discussing how the stories and legends told by human beings throughout the ages help us to better understand the universe and our place within it
- Baraka - Baraka is a non-narrative visual poem addressing, according to director Ron Fricke, "humanity's relationship with the eternal." The title means "breath of life" or "a blessing" and the film unfolds into a tapestry of global images shot over 13 months in 24 countries, comparable to, but far more ambitious than Koyaanisqatsi (1983) which Fricke also wrote, edited and photographed. Like Bernardo Bertolucci's similarly meditative Little Buddha (1993), Baraka was designed as a powerful audio-visual experience, one of a handful of films made in the 1990s to revive the immensely cinematic 70mm process.
- Koyaanisqatsi - This documentary looks at the world and more specifically the effect man has had on the landscape and the environment. Without narration, the film shows the world in a pristine condition and untouched: blue skies, beautiful landscapes and endless vistas. The man-made world is much less appealing. Essentially a montage using a variety of film techniques to provide a visually stunning montage of images.
- Powaqqatsi - An exploration of technologically developing nations and the effect the transition to Western-style modernization has had on them.
- Samsara - Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, and shot on seventy-millimetre film, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders.
- Death and Transformation: The Personal Reflections of Huston Smith - This film is about Huston’s dream for the culmination of this life: self-naughting. In answer to “What teachings from the great wisdom traditions sustain you at this very threshold of your own death?” Huston Smith moves one to tears as he describes how to “die before you die” in the world’s religions starting with the ancient Greek tradition of ‘incubation’. His words and luminous presence, embellished by exquisite footage and family photographs, cannot help but deeply touch our hearts.
- Beads of Faith - This volume and included DVD seek to answer such questions as: In the various world religions, what are the different forms the rosary has taken? What is actually said while using them and what do these spiritual practices sound like? What gives the repetition of a Divine Name or mantra the power to be efficacious and how does it activate the heart?
- Mystic Iran- In this personal documentary, Aryana Farshad seeks out the spiritual rituals connected with sacred sites in Iran, her home country which she has not visited since the establishment of the clerical regime of Mullahs in Iran for more than twenty-five years. She documents prayer at the Great Mosque of Qom, Kashan, the land of Zarathustra, and male and female dervishes in Kurdistan. Through her examination of these various spiritual influences, she comments on the use of religion as a buffer between the pull of Western culture and the rules of traditional society. the film is beautifully narrated by the Academy Award nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo.
- 'Around the World in 80 Faiths' - BBC documentary series presented by Anglican vicar Pete Owen-Jones. He briefly dips into 80 religions and beliefs from around the world. I really didn't like it so much because it was quite inaccurate at times but it covers a lot of different faiths including New Age.
- 'Extreme Pilgrim' - Presented by Pete Owen-Jones. Episode 3 in particular is interesting where he meets Father Lazarius, a Coptic hermit and practitioner of the Jesus prayer.