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Encore Screening of Documentary Film 'A Mindful Choice'

Encore Screening of Documentary Film 'A Mindful Choice'

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  • Wed 5 Apr ’17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm


Hopetoun Alpha, 19 Beresford Square, Auckland CBD


All Ages

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  • General Admission: $16.00

Come along and find out how meditation is changing lives with this special, encore screening of New Zealand documentary film, A Mindful Choice. For one night only.

New Zealand film-makers’ Greg Hopkinson and Sally Lewis, spent two years making documentary A Mindful Choice. Their film features stories of people around the world finding peace after learning to meditate – from maximum-security prisoners in a Mexican prison to stressed business people, a cancer patient, and professional ballet dancers.

“We want to show that peace is possible for individuals and groups, and to suggest that it could be possible for humanity as a whole,” says Sally Lewis. “We want to inspire and give hope that there is a different way of being.”

To make A Mindful Choice, the filmmakers travelled all over the world; significantly, to Mexico, where they spent time in a large foster home for troubled boys and Apodaca maximum security prison. In these tough environments, meditation is changing lives and giving hope.

The prisoners in Apodaca Prison are turning their lives around after learning to meditate. Indeed, the meditation programme has dramatically helped lower violence in the prison. In February 2012, 44 inmates were killed in a riot in the prison near Monterrey, but since the teaching was introduced there has not been a serious violent incident.

One of the Mexican prisoners interviewed said he had finally found real practical help through the meditation. “When I got here, I thought my life was over, but when I started with the programme I noticed my life was changing. I could see my life hadn’t ended, quite the opposite. It is here that I start living.”

The change in the prison culture made such an impression that even the guards and senior management started learning meditation techniques, said Sally Lewis.

The foster home is giving boys hope and self-belief, and the opportunity to be the best that they can be. All the children in the home and most of the teachers meditate. “The children were so joyous and open to love; you could feel the peace and happiness,” says Sally Lewis.

The principal of the foster school said, “The violence has reduced. The boys have different ways to fix their problems; they are in peace, we can feel it. They have different ways to talk, a different way to play, a different way to do all the things we do here. And that is something that you can’t take from them.”

A Mindful Choice was directed by 30-year New Zealand film industry veteran Tony Simpson. The production team includes Bafta-winning editor Scott Flyger and double Emmy award-winning cinematographer Scott Simper.

The screening of A Mindful Choice is supported and endorsed by the Ashton Wylie Charitable Trust, who recognise the potential of meditation to benefit humanity. The interests and activities of the Trust are aimed at strengthening the ability of people to experience the creative, rejuvenating and empowering quality of Divine Love (whether it be in relationship with them, at home, in the workplace, or in the public domain) so that the power of fear, negativity and related qualities are disintegrated.

The Trust extends a warm welcome to you, to attend the screening of A Mindful Choice and to discover for yourself, the power of meditation and the message of hope and peace that it brings.

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