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One: The Movie [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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ONE filmmakers asked 20 questions of religious and spiritual teachers as well as artists, authors, atheists, and people on the street. The answers are intertwined with the image of a "nameless traveler" who has grown weary with the suffering and negativity of the world, and who begins a search for meaning and truth. The religious documentary covers a broad range of spiritual and philosophical themes such as the source of fear, enlightenment, spirit, the meaning of life, compassion, life after death, diversity, the nature of God and Heaven, and religion (including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Taoism, New Age, New Thought Spirituality, Hare Krishna, Native American Spirituality, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Christian Fundamentalism). ONE also explores contemporary themes of war, conflict, terrorism, peace, global change, social responsibility, and environmental concerns. Prior to editing the movie, the filmmakers consulted with contemporary American philosopher Ken Wilber, founder of the Integral Institute. The 20 Questions asked of participants were: Why is there poverty and suffering in the world? What is the relationship between science and religion? Why are so many people depressed? What are we all so afraid of? When is war justifiable? How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism? How does one obtain true peace? What does it mean to live in the present moment? What is our greatest distraction? Is current religion serving its purpose? What happens to you after you die? Describe heaven and how to get there? What is the meaning of life? Describe God? What is the greatest quality humans possess? What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential? Non-verbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world. What is your one wish for the world? What is wisdom and how do we gain it? Are we all One? Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hanh, Robert Thurman

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9674590c) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x967703d8) out of 5 stars Where are the interviews? 24 Jan. 2010
By Robert C. Mortimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Keep in mind as you read this that I am a huge supporter of this kind of film making.

I bought this film looking forward to some interesting interviews with people I appreciate and admire on a subject I feel has tremendous importance . But "ONE: the movie" turned out to be one long commercial/teaser for a series of interviews that were available for purchase if I were so inclined. ???. I thought I had already done that! Where are the interviews? I had to watch it twice to see if I missed something. I didn't. Not one full length interview in the whole film. Big sigh.

Hats off to the first time film makers for good camera work and for picking an interesting subject. They just didn't deliver the subject they had me believing I would receive in this particular film. I would have liked to have known this prior to purchase.

The idea is inspiring, but the film does NOT deliver.

There is an ever growing trend in the consciousness raising community of offering bread crumbs of information as a way of cashing in a little at a time with subsequent books and DVD's and CD's and workshops and on and on. This movie, sad to say, falls in this category for me. At a time when the raising of consciousness on our shared little planet is of tremendous importance I hope this trend soon changes.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x98372768) out of 5 stars Good Stuff 24 Jan. 2008
By Gary Hopkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Being a healer and a spiritual advisor for the past 6 years, I have to suggest getting this DVD for your collection. I've read some of the negative reviews and decided to see for myself about this. I'm not sure what the other people that reviewed this had expected to see, but there are some very prominent spiritual people (leaders) in this giving their opinion on the subject of "oneness". What I think some of these reviewers do not understand is that to actually get an audience with some of these individuals and to have these questions answered is not an easy task, However the makers of this movie did a great job in doing just that. For anyone on a spiritual journey, this is a nice uplifting collection of interviews to help ponder what life means to you. This movie should be considered in the same respect as "The Secret" and "What the Bleep?".
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96db4780) out of 5 stars 3 Stars for the thought that counts 13 Sept. 2007
By Gilligan Joy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie is far from perfect. As one reviewer stated, there were many interviews with great personalities, but not much of this is shared with us in the film. However, it is a fascinating portrait of humankind, and I did enjoy the artistic aspects very much.

The "thought that counts" is that the creators have the intention to help us humans join together in saving the world and saving ourselves. There is a personal touch to this movie that makes it somehow more down-to-earth than more commercial and polished films like The Secret and What the Bleep. The creators of the film really create a sense that humankind is one big family, and we're all "in this together", with all of our quirks and imperfections. We need to learn how to live in harmony, and some people who see this film actually get this core message, and we need this message now more than ever before in human history. As the woman says in the extras, we humans are incredibly beautiful. Let us express that now. We NEED TO express that now.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96770804) out of 5 stars The 20 Questions 19 Feb. 2012
By David Diamond - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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How would YOU answer each of the following 20 questions?

1. Why is there poverty and suffering in the world?
2. What is the relationship between science and religion?
3. Why are so many people depressed?
4. What are we all so afraid of?
5. When is war justifiable?
6. How would God want us to respond to aggression and terrorism
7. Howe does one obtain true peace?
8. What does it mean to live in the present moment?
9. What is our greatest distraction?
10. Is current religion serving its purpose?
11. What happens to you after you die?
12. Describe Heaven and how to get there?
13. What is the meaning of life?
14. Describe God.
15. What is the greatest quality humans possess?
16. What is it that prevents people from living to their full potential?
17. Non-verbally, by motion or gesture only, act out what you believe to be the current condition of the world.
18. What is your one wish for the world?
19. What is wisdom, and how do we gain it?
20. Are we all One?

How would the great spiritual leaders of the world answer these questions?

How would a homeless young person answer these questions?

What is the essence of humanity? What unites humanity?

This is not just a film. This is a project. You can submit your own answers to these questions in the "Community" section of the "onetheproject" web site.

This is also a remarkable film. A couple of friends & relatives, who did not even know how to work a camera, created a major production with a large number of the top names in the spiritual community. This film, a four-year project, was apparently meant to happen, because is came off successfully with strong encouragement from some of the worlds greatest spiritual leaders.

In addition to the interviews, there is a powerful cinematic thread that follows the almost silent protagonist throughout his journey. I could not imagine a professional film company doing a better job of this portrayal.

Some reviewers complained that the complete interviews, as audio CDs, were extra cost items, and that the DVD only contained a sampling of the interviews. From my perspective, the DVD fulfilled its goal -- to provide a cross-section of understandings framed by these questions, across spiritual leaders and humanity in general. In order to come up with a DVD of reasonable length, much editing was required. The audio CDs of complete interviews, and the 50-page Conversation Guide, were added later, to supplement the DVD for those who wanted them.
21 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x967709e4) out of 5 stars Worthy Effort. Poor Result. 22 Dec. 2007
By Samantha Raye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Havin read all the reviews for this movie, I decided to take a chance. I'm very sorry that I purchased this movie. The interviews are interesting, and Robert Thurmann is wonderful, as usaul, as is Thomas Keating. However, the quality of this movie is terrible. I understand that the filmmakers are amatures, but that said, maybe they should leave filmmaking to the professionals. I would much rather watch "What the Bleep" or "Peaceful Warrior." Some people will support this movie because they believe in it's message, as do I. However, it's hard to enjoy the spirituality in this film when the quality is so poor. Also, the idea of being "one" is suddenly dropped in at the end of the film, as if the "filmmakers" realized that they had no story.
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