CONSCIOUS CINEMA - "Without Awareness There Can Be No Peace"


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The seeds of Conscious Cinema were unknowingly planted by Dr. Liz Phillipose, a former professor of Women's Studies at California State University, Long Beach, in the fall of 2004.  Dr. Phillipose, a very warm, intelligent and gracious woman, hosted a series of documentary screenings at the university every monday night and lasting until just after the presidential election in November. Topics included investigations of George W. Bush's campaign advisor Karl Rove, "weapons of mass destruction" in Iraq, and Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News. The documentaries made a strong impression on me.  Most importantly, they helped clarify the social and political events happening at that time in our country and our world.  They answered questions and provided information not being given by the mainstream media.  I learned the power of documentaries as alternative news and information sources.  
Fast forward to January, 2008: At that time in my life, I wanted to do something to make a difference and serve my community.  I had the idea to host documentaries in an independent coffee house setting.  After some reflection, Conscious Cinema was born.  My first screening was on Presidents Day, February 18, 2008, an auspicious day to show Robert Greenwald's "Unprecedented", a movie about how George W. Bush stole the presidential election in 2000.   Subsequent screenings covered such varied topics as the Patriot Act, global warming, the war in Iraq, the life of John Lennon, gay rights and the women's music movement.  Conscious Cinema has evolved since then: I've discovered the joy and power of viewing movies in a communal setting where people can gather and discuss what they've seen in an intimate environment. Conscious Cinema has indeed evolved and will continue to evolve. Please join me in this evolutionary process!  I will be happy to see you there.

Leonard Baric
Long Beach, CA July 2012

Conscious Cinema: Without Awareness, There Can Be No Peace