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Books  

Inspiring reading, one and all.

*  A Year to Live:  How to Live This Year As If It Were Your Last by Stephen Levine http://www.amazon.com/Year-Live-This-Were-Your/dp/0609801945

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Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're in without Going Crazy  http://www.amazon.com/Active-Hope-without-Going-Crazy/dp/1577319729

Ecological Intelligence by Daniel Goleman  http://www.amazon.com/Ecological-Intelligence-Knowing-Impacts-Everything/dp/0385527829 

Emotional Bullshit: The Hidden Plague by Carl Alasko, Ph.D
  http://www.amazon.com/Emotional-Bullshit-Threatening-Destroy-Relationships/dp/1585426660

*  How We Choose To Be Happy by Rick Foster & Greg Hicks  http://www.amazon.com/How-We-Choose-Happy-Extremely/dp/0399525750 

*  Making Sense of People: Decoding the Mysteries of Personality
   by Samuel Barondes
  http://www.amazon.com/Making-Sense-People-Mysteries-Personality/dp/0132172607

*  My Mother’s Bipolar, So What Am I?
by Angela Grett with Yvonne Perry http://www.amazon.com/My-Mothers-BiPolar-So-What/dp/1419620061 

No Contest: The Case Against Competition by
Alfie Kohn  http://www.amazon.com/No-Contest-Case-Against-Competition/dp/0395631254 

*  Parent Effectiveness Training: The Tested New Way to Raise Responsible Children 
   by Dr. Thomas Gordon 
http://www.gordontraining.com/parentingbook.html 

*  Passionate Marriage by David Schnarch, Ph.D. 
http://www.amazon.com/Passionate-Marriage-Intimacy-Committed-Relationships/dp/0805058265 

*  Personal Village by Marvin Thomas, MSW 
http://www.amazon.com/Personal-Village-People-Choice-Chance/dp/1887542086 

*  Promise Ahead by Duane Elgin  http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Ahead-Vision-Action-Humanitys/dp/0060934999

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children & Teenagers Safe by Gavin de Becker  http://www.amazon.com/Protecting-Gift-Keeping-Children-Teenagers/dp/0440509009

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  http://www.amazon.com/Quiet-Power-Introverts-World-Talking/dp/0307352145

*  Revolution from Within by Gloria Steinem  http://www.amazon.com/Revolution-Within-Self-Esteem-Gloria-Steinem/dp/0316812471 

*  Social Intelligence by Daniel Goleman 
http://www.amazon.com/Social-Intelligence-Science-Human-Relationships/dp/0553803522 

*  Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
  http://www.amazon.com/Switch-Change-Things-When-Hard/dp/0385528752

*  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey  http://www.amazon.com/Habits-Highly-Effective-People/dp/0671708635

*  The 8th Habit by Stephen R. Covey  http://www.amazon.com/8th-Habit-Effectiveness-Greatness/dp/0684846659 

The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander & Benjamin Zander
  http://www.amazon.com/The-Art-Possibility-Transforming-Professional/dp/0142001104/ref=tmm_pap_title_0/189-5446916-2010015
The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods by Michael Murray, N.D.  http://www.amazon.com/Encyclopedia-Healing-Foods-Michael-Murray/dp/074348052X

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids  http://www.amazon.com/The-Price-Privilege-Generation-Disconnected/dp/0060595841

The Science of Evil: On Empathy & the Origins of Cruelty by Simon Baron-Cohen  http://www.amazon.com/Science-Evil-Empathy-Origins-Cruelty/dp/0465023533 

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  http://www.amazon.com/Tipping-Point-Little-Things-Difference/dp/0316346624

*  Undefended Love by Jett Psaris, Ph.D & Marlena S. Lyons, Ph.D.  http://www.amazon.com/Undefended-Love-Marlena-S-Lyons/dp/1572242086 

*  Voluntary Simplicity by Duane Elgin 
http://www.amazon.com/Voluntary-Simplicity-Outwardly-Inwardly-Revised/dp/0688121195

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Books (above) and Films (below)



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Suggested Groupings of Films by Theme

If you enjoy deeply exploring certain themes, here are some intriguing groupings:

*  Accepting people for who they really/fully are — 51 Birch Street, A Five Star Life, A Late Quartet, A Shine of Rainbows, About Time, After the Wedding, Albert Nobbs, Amélie, Avatar, Beat the Drum, Black or White, Being Elmo, Brooklyn, Danny Collins, De-Lovely, Doing Time on Maple Drive, East Side Sushi, Freeheld, Gran Torino, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Hello My Name Is Doris, Hope Springs, How To Cook Your Life, In a Day, In the Heart of the Sea, J. Edgar, Last Tango in Halifax, Last Weekend, Life Itself, Like Sunday Like Rain, McFarland USA, Monica & David, My Flesh & Blood, Point Break 2015, Pride, Rosenwald, Silver Linings Playbook, Sweet Bean, 
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, The Intern, The King of Masks, The Normal Heart, The Perfect Family, The Prince of Tides, The Railway Man, The Second Mother, The Soloist, The Way We Were, The Women on the 6th Floor, Where Hope Grows, Where to Invade Next, You're Not You


Community building — Amandla!, Amélie, As It Is in Heaven, Avatar, Bagdad Café, Beat the Drum, 
Bread and Tulips, East Side Sushi, Ethel, Gran Torino, How To Cook Your Life, Made in Dagenham, McFarland USA, Point Break 2015, Pride, Requiem for the American Dream, Rosenwald, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Sweet Bean, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, The Burmese Harp, The Great Dictator, The Intern, The Invention of Lying, The Long Walk Home, The Normal Heart, The Second Mother, The Way We Were, The Women on the 6th Floor, To Sir with Love, Where to Invade Next


Complexity & richness of interpersonal relationships — About Time, After the Wedding, Albert Nobbs, A Five Star Life, Black or White, Boyhood, Brooklyn, Danny Collins, East Side Sushi, Freeheld, Heart of a Dog, 
Hello My Name Is Doris, Hope Springs, In a Day, In the Heart of the Sea, Last Tango in Halifax, Last Weekend, Life Itself, Like Sunday Like Rain, Made in Dagenham, McFarland USA, Out of Africa, Pina, Point Break 2015, Pride, Sweet Bean, Talk to Her, The Intern, The Judge, The King of Masks, The Normal Heart, The Prince of Tides, The Railway Man, The Second Mother, The Way We Were, The Women on the 6th Floor, Trishna, Where Hope Grows, Where to Invade Next, You're Not You


Creative expression (elemental/spiritual) — Amélie, Being Elmo, Breath Made Visible, East Side Sushi, Heart of a Dog, How To Cook Your Life, Mr. Holland's Opus, My Architect, Pina, Rivers & Tides, Sound of the Soul, 
Sweet Bean, The Burmese Harp, Wings of Desire


Destructive secret-keeping — A Secret, After the Wedding, Albert Nobbs, As It Is in Heaven, Beat the Drum, Caché, Doing Time on Maple Drive, Ethel, Hope Springs, J. Edgar, JFK, Last Tango in Halifax, Separate Lies, The Perfect Family, The Prince of Tides, The White Ribbon, Trishna

Love against great odds & loyalty — A Late Quartet, About Time, After the Wedding, Albert Nobbs, Avatar, Away from Her, Beat the Drum, Being Elmo, Black or White, Brooklyn, Danny Collins, De-Lovely, Doing Time on Maple Drive, Ethel, Freeheld, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Hachi, Hope Springs, In a Day, In the Heart of the Sea, J. Edgar, Last Tango in Halifax, Lovely Still, Made in Dagenham, My Name is Khan, Never Let Me Go, Out of Africa, Pride, Separate Lies, Silver Linings Playbook, Strangers, 
Sweet Bean, Talk to Her, The Artist, The Burmese Harp, The Intern, The Judge, The King of Masks, The Long Walk Home, The Normal Heart, The Perfect Family, The Prince of Tides, Veer-Zaara, War Horse, Wings of Desire, You're Not You


Mourning & life affirmation — A Shine of Rainbows, A Single Man, About Time, After the Wedding, Beat the Drum, Black or White, Cherry Blossoms, Departures, Ethel, Freeheld, Heart of a Dog, Life Itself, Morrie Schwartz: Lessons on Living, Never Let Me Go, Still Walking, 
Sweet Bean, The Burmese Harp, The Lovely Bones, The Normal Heart, You're Not You   


Noble spirit of animals — Buck, Hachi, Heart of a Dog, Out of Africa, Temple Grandin, War Horse

Social justice — Amandla!, Beat the Drum, 
Call+Response, East Side Sushi, Ethel, Examined Life, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Howard Zinn, Invictus, JFK, Jodhaa Akbar, Lincoln, Made in Dagenham, McFarland USA, Out of Africa, Pinky, Pride, Requiem for the American Dream, Rosenwald, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, The Black Power Mixtape, The Great Dictator, The Help, The King of Masks, The Long Walk Home, The Normal Heart, The Second Mother, The Way We Were, The Women on the 6th Floor, To Kill a Mockingbird, To Sir with Love, Water, Where to Invade Next

 
Transformation & redemption — A Shine of Rainbows, After the Wedding, Albert Nobbs, Amélie, Away from Her, A Five Star Life, Bagdad Café, Beat the Drum, Bread and Tulips, Brooklyn, Danny Collins, East Side Sushi, Freeheld, Gran Torino, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, Hope Springs, In a Day, I AM, Last Tango in Halifax, 
Like Sunday Like Rain, Made in Dagenham, McFarland USA, My Name is Khan, Never Let Me Go, Point Break 2015, Pride, Run Fatboy Run, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Separate Lies, Silver Linings Playbook, South Central, Swades, Sweet Bean, The Burmese Harp, The Great Dictator, The Help, The Intern, The Invention of Lying, The Judge, The King of Masks, The Kite Runner, The Long Walk Home, The Namesake, The Perfect Family, The Prince of Tides, The Railway Man, The Second Mother, The Women on the 6th Floor, To Sir with Love, Wings of Desire, Where Hope Grows, Where to Invade Next, You're Not You


More suggestions to come...


NOTE:  Some of you may be interested in checking out GATE, the Global Alliance for Transformational Entertainment.




Films

All of the 151 films on this page relate in one way or another to quality of life with poignancy and depth.  The range of themes spans quality of love, family, loyalty, mourning, honor, race relations, intimacy, our bond with Nature, redemption, social justice, and more.  (Listed movies are from the year 2000 on, unless otherwise noted.)

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Some films are so transcendent, so profound that they alter our perception of life forever, laying down upon us their unique and exquisite imprint.  In addition, as Mark Twain said,"Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness."  And so with the 60 foreign films noted below in green, we have powerful opportunities for "Understanding the World through Film"® (1) within our homes and our minds.  Enjoy!

51 Birch Street  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468442/

*  A Five Star Life (Italy)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2261434/

*  A Late Quartet
 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1226240/
A Shine of Rainbows (Canada/Ireland)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1014774/

A Single Man  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1315981/

*  About Time 
(U.K.)http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2194499/

After the Wedding (Denmark)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457655/


Albert Nobbs (Australia)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1602098/

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (South Africa/USA)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amandla!:_A_Revolution_in_Four-Part_Harmony

Amélie (France)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/


*  American History X (1998)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120586

*  Apu Trilogy (India 1955-59)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apu_Trilogy 

*  As It Is in Heaven (Sweden)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y765gdd3rEc  
   
plus  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0382330/ htt

*  Autumn Sonata (Sweden 1978) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077711/

*  Avatar  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0499549/

*  Away from Her 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0491747/

*  Bagdad Café (Germany / filmed in U.S. 1987)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095801/

*  Beat the Drum (South Africa)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387057/

*  Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey  http://beingelmo.com/

*  Black or White  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2883434/?ref_=nv_sr_1

*  Blindsided 
http://www.blindsidedthemovie.com/

*  Born Into Brothels  (Filmed in Calcutta, India / U.S. production)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0388789/

*  Boyhood  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1065073/

Bread and Tulips (Italy)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0237539/ 

Breath Made Visible: Anna Halprin  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1351105/

*  Brooklyn (Irish immigrant story)  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2381111/

Buck  http://buckthefilm.com/index.htm

Call+Response  http://www.callandresponse.com/
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Cherry Blossoms (Germany/Japan)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910559/

Cinema Paradiso (Italy 1988)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0095765/

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*  Examined Life  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1279083/

*  Fearless (1993)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106881/

*  Freeheld  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1658801/

*  Gran Torino  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1205489/ 

*  Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061735/

*  Hachi: A Dog's Tale  http://www.netflix.com/Movie/Hachi-A-Dog-s-Tale/70118677?strkid=1959325912_0_0&lnkctr=srchrd-sr&strackid=34af5693374e06a6_0_srl&trkid=222336
*  Happy  http://www.thehappymovie.com/film/

*  Heart of a Dog  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4935446/

*  Hello, My Name Is Doris  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3766394/

*  Hope Springs  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1535438/

*  How To Cook Your Life  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0943512/

*  Howard Zinn: You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416825/

*  In a Day (U.K.)  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0452634/

*  I AM  http://iamthedoc.com/

*  In His Father's Shoes (1997)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119358/

*  In the Heart of the Sea  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1390411/

*  Invictus 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/ 

*  J. Edgar  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1616195/

*  JFK (1991)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102138/

*
  Jodhaa Akbar (India)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0449994/

*  Kanchenjungha (India 1962)  http://www.satyajitray.org/films/kanchen.htm

*  Last Tango in Halifax (U.K., season 1)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2216156/

*  Last Weekend  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2435458/

*  Life Itself
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2382298/
*  Made in Dagenham (U.K.)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1371155/

*
  Mahanagar (India 1963)  http://www.satyajitray.org/films/mahanag.htm

*  Mary Poppins (1964)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058331/

*  McFarland USA  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2097298/

*  Mind the Gap 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373152/ 

*  Monica & David  http://www.monicaanddavid.com/

*  Morrie Schwartz: Lessons on Living (1999)  https://movies.netflix.com/movie/ABC_News_Presents_Morrie_Schwartz_Lessons_on_Living/70036629

*  Mother of Mine (Finland)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0343221/

*  Mr. Holland's Opus (1995)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113862/

*  My Architect  http://www.myarchitectfilm.com/
 

*  My Flesh & Blood  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0342804/
 

*  My Name is Khan (India)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1188996/

*  Never Let Me Go (U.K./based on a novel by Kazuo Ishiguro)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1334260/

*  Out of Africa (1985)
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089755/
plus the must-see flying scene: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/an-Vngpt74bbhbbmY/out_of_africa_1985_flying_part_2/

*  Picnic (1955) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048491/

*  Pina (Germany)  http://www.pina-film.de/en/

*  Pinky (1949)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0041746/

*  Point Break 2015  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2058673/

*  Pride (U.K.)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3169706/

*  Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (India) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1182937/

*  Requiem for the American Dream  
http://requiemfortheamericandream.com/

*  Rivers & Tides: Andy Goldsworthy (U.K. & Germany) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0307385/

*  Rosenwald  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2514028/

*  Run Fatboy Run (U.K.)
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0425413/ 

*  Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
(U.K.)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1441952  

*  Saraband 
(Sweden)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0299478/

*  Schindler's List  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0108052/ 

*  Separate Lies
(U.K.)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369053/

*  Silver Linings Playbook  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/

*
 
Something the Lord Made (with Mos Def)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0386792/ 

*  Sound of the Soul 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1054511/ 

*  South Central 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0105450/

*  Splendor in the Grass (1961)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055471/

*  Still Walking (Japan) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1087578/ 

*  Strangers (Israel)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1064215/

*  Swades (India) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0367110/

*  Sweet Bean (Japan)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4298958/

*  Talk to Her (Spain)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0287467/

*  Temple Grandin  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1278469/

*  The Artist  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/

The Beaches of Agnes (France) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1129435/

*  The Best of Youth (Italy)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346336/ 

*  The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4316236/

*  The Black Power Mixtape (Sweden)
  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1592527/

*  The Blind Side  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0878804/

*  The Burmese Harp (Japan 1956)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0049012/

*  The Cove  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/

*  The Devil & Daniel Johnston 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0436231/ 


*  The Great Dictator  (1940)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032553/

*
  The Hedgehog (France)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1442519/

*  The Help
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454029/

*  The Intern  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2361509/

*  The Invention of Lying  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1058017/

*  The Judge  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1872194/

*  The King of Masks (China 1997)
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0115669/

*  The Kite Runner  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0419887

*  The Long Walk Home (1990)
 http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100046/

*  The Lovely Bones  http://www.lovelybones.com/#home

*  The Namesake (India)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0433416/

*  The Normal Heart  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1684226/

*  The Perfect Family  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1650058/

*  The Prince of Tides (1991)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0102713/ 

*  The Railway Man (Australia/UK/Switzerland)  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2058107/

*  The Sea Inside (Spain) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369702/

*  The Second Mother
 (Brazil)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3742378/

*  The Soloist 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0821642/
*  The Way We Were (1973)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070903/

*  The White Ribbon (Austria)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149362/

*  The Women on the 6th Floor 
(France)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1805297/

*  To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056592/

*  War Horse
  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1568911/

*  Water (India)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0240200/

*  Where Hope Grows  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3200980/

*  Where to Invade Next  
http://wheretoinvadenext.com/

*  White Wedding (South Africa) 
http://www.imdb.com/title

*  Wings of Desire (Germany 1987)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0093191/

*  You're Not You  
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1198156/


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