Community Movie Nights

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Community Movie nights usually take place as stand alone events. A few have been presented as part of David Sunfellow’s NDE classes. Here is a quick list of some of the movies we have watched together…

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Groundhog Day 

Probably the best movie ever made that illustrates the core truths presented by near-death experiences  — namely, that we are here, in this world, to love one another and that we can’t wake up from the dream of life until we have learned the lessons we came here for.

Snowed in during a trip to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities, television weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) finds himself stuck in time, endlessly repeating February 2nd. His world is inhabited by the same people every day, but they don’t know Groundhog Day is repeating itself. That gives him a certain advantage: He can find out what a woman is looking for in a man, and then the “next” day behave in exactly the right way to impress her. Luckily there is a woman closeby to practice on. She’s Rita (Andie MacDowell), Phil’s long-suffering producer, who has had to put up with his tantrums, demands and surliness. Gradually Phil is able to see the error of his ways and improve his behavior until, finally, a Groundhog Day dawns when she finally likes him.

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Complete Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2OSZV8OlN4

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Resurrection

Ahead of its time, this one of the first movies made about near-death experiences. The movie does a beautiful job dramatizing the struggles, loneliness, misunderstanding, and religious intolerance that many near-death experiencers have had to deal with. According to Ellen Burstyn, the first script for the movie centered around Jesus Christ coming back to Earth as a woman. Considering how much near-death experiences have in common with the life and teachings of Jesus, this was another way the movie was ahead of its time!

Resurrection is a 1980 film which tells the story of a woman who survives the car accident and discovers that a near-death experience has given her the power to heal other people. Ellen Burstyn delivers a tour-de-force performance as the modern-day miracle in this unforgettable story. It stars Ellen Burstyn, Sam Shepard, Richard Farnsworth, Roberts Blossom and Eva LeGallienne. The movie was nominated for two Academy Awards; one for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ellen Burstyn) and another for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Eva LeGallienne). For more information about this movie, including Ellen Burstyn’s description of how the movie came to be made, go here. To watch the movie online, click here ( 903 MB – 1 hour, 43 minutes long).

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The Other Son

“The Other Son” is the moving and provocative tale of two young men — one Israeli, the other Palestinian — who discover they were accidentally switched at birth, and the complex repercussions facing them and their respective families. For more information, go here.

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Kumare: The True Story of a False Prophet

This movie was played during one of David Sunfellow’s NDE classes. It dramatically illustrates the dark side of eastern religions, the gullibly of believers, and the power of suggestion and belief. It also raises a host of important issues surrounding honesty and inappropriately using people to pursue hidden agendas.

Kumare is a wise guru from the East who indoctrinated a group of followers in the West. Kumare, however, is not real — he is the alter ego of American filmmaker Vikram Gandhi, who impersonated a spiritual leader for the sake of a social experiment designed to challenge one of the most widely accepted taboos: that only a tiny “1%” can connect the rest of the world to a higher power. Concealing his true identity from everyone he meets, Kumare forges profound and spiritual connections with people from all walks of life. At the same time, in the absurdity of living as an entirely different person, Vikram, the filmmaker, is forced to confront difficult questions about his own identity. At the height of his popularity, Kumare unveils his true identity to a core group of disciples who are knee-deep in personal transformation. Will they accept his final teaching? Can this illusion reveal a greater spiritual truth? KUMARE, at once playful and profound, is an insightful look at faith and belief.

Click here for more information, including an interview with the movie’s actor/writer/director, Vikram Gandhi.

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Derren Brown: ‘Miracles for Sale’

This movie was played during one of David Sunfellow’s NDE classes. It dramatically illustrates the dark side of eastern religions, the gullibly of believers, and the power of suggestion and belief. It also raises a host of important issues surrounding honesty and inappropriately using people to pursue hidden agendas.

Derren Brown teaches an ordinary British citizen how to adopt the guise of a pastor and miracle worker. After six months of learning the trade, “Pastor James Collins” sets sail for America. With a camera crew documenting all aspects of the adventure, Paster James performs faith healing miracles live in Texas. For more information, click here.

Complete Movie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYjgeayfYPI

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Amish Grace

Based on a true story, we watched this movie to set the stage for a serious discussion about what forgiving other human beings really means.

The peaceful Amish community of Nickel Mines is forever changed when a gunman senselessly takes the lives of five girls in a schoolhouse shooting before taking his own life. What transpires afterward takes the community by storm, as the media descend on the town and criticize its Amish leaders for their notion of unconditional forgiveness of the shooter and their outreach of support to his widow, Amy Roberts. Devastated by her daughter’s death, Ida Graber finds herself struggling with her community’s belief in the transcending power of forgiveness. Deeply conflicted and unable to forgive the gunman and his family, Ida is tempted to leave the only life she’s ever known before re-embracing her faith. To watch the movie online, click here.

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