A Quest for Meaning
87+ min. In English & French. Nathanaël Coste & , dist. by Bullfrog Films, www.bullfrogfilms.com. 2018. DVD ISBN 9781941545997. $350 (Rental: $95). Public performance; SDH subtitles. ENVIRONMENT
This award-winning documentary begins with a young French filmmaker and a marketer disillusioned about their busy lives in New York City. They seek to "uncover the causes of our current global crisis and to discover a way to bring about change." They commence in India, consulting physicist and environmental activist Vandana Shiva. She describes Gandhi's teachings as guidelines for sustainable low-tech living. Another sage is Satish Kumar, director of Schumacher College in the UK. He speaks of Gandhi's "right and duty to say no," in this case to reject corporate patents on modified seeds. In France, Pierre Rabhi explains why he turned to organic farming. In California, astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan states that our bodies are literally made of stardust, and science is not the only way into reality. In Latin America, the filmmakers try a shaman's sweat lodge, fasting, and meditation. Subtitles are available in 11 languages.
VERDICT Both the quest and the responses often seem nebulous here. If there is a common theme to the advice, it's that everyone must examine and change their thinking in order to live sustainably.

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