In the mind expanding documentary AWARE: Glimpses of Consciousness a number of intriguing questions are What is consciousness? Is it in all living beings? What happens when we die? Why do we seem to be hardwired for mystical experience? In these times of existential crisis, there has been an explosion of research into consciousness. After four centuries of silence, scientists are confronting the “Big Questions”, cutting a window into a realm previously held tight by philosophy and religion: AWARE follows six brilliant researchers, approaching the greatest of all mysteries from radically different perspectives, from within and without: through high-tech brain research and Eastern meditation, by scientifically exploring inner space through psychedelic substances and by investigating the consciousness of plants. Scientists are arriving at new insights – some of which have been integral to Indigenous knowledge for millenia. AWARE opens as a science film but emerges well beyond the explicable, ultimately leading one on a voyage upon the ocean of consciousness, a contemplative, sensual, cinematographic meditation. The networks of consciousness are reflected in ‘grand’ imagery revealing the vast interconnectedness of Nature – from the smallest organisms, to the world of plants and animals and on to the cosmos. AWARE invites one to experience the awe and mystery of life as the researchers do, to dive in with them, returning to see the world anew, to review long-held beliefs and assumptions and initiate one’s own oceanic journey. Ultimately, to be aware one is aware. Joining us to talk about this beautiful film are the co-directors and co-writers of AWARE: Glimpses of Consciousness Frauke Sandig and Eric Black.
About the filmmakers – As an independent film production, Umbrella Films produces feature documentaries by the acclaimed filmmakers Frauke Sandig and Eric Black. Their award-winning films have been successful worldwide on public television, educational and entertainment platforms, in theatres and festivals like Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, IDFA, Karlovy Vary IFF, Visions du Réel Nyon, Hot Docs Toronto, Sheffield DocFest, Hof International Film Festival, DokLeipzig, Vancouver IFF, San Francisco IFF, MOMA New York and many others. For more about Frauke Sandig & Eric Black go to: umbrellafilms.org