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Awake: the Life of Yogananda

USA | 2014 | 84 minutes | Paola di Florio, Lisa Leeman

Paramahansa Yogananda is considered the “Father of Yoga in the West,” having brought the ancient practice to America in the 1920s. His lasting impact comes alive through archival footage and the words of seekers, philosophers, and enthusiasts.

Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above

Taiwan | 2013 | 93 minutes | Chi Po-Lin

Astonishing aerial cinematography reveals the shorelines, mountaintops, cityscapes, farmer’s fields, rivers, and social life of the island nation, delivering a sweet environmentalist and humanist message.

The Breach

USA | 2014 | 85 minutes | Mark Titus

The film centers on the fragile ecosystem of wild salmon, including a chronicle of Washington’s Elwha River dam removal as well as a comprehensive look at Alaska’s Pebble Mine mineral exploration project, which could arguably destroy one of the world’s last unspoiled salmon runs.

Burt’s Buzz

Canada | 2013 | 88 minutes | Jody Shapiro

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Get up close and personal with Burt Shavitz, the hermit-like founder and face of the world famous Burt’s Bees line of personal care products, as he recounts the company’s simple, early days and its corporate-minded present.

The Congress

Israel | 2013 | 122 minutes | Ari Folman

Ari Folman follows up the Oscar®-nominated Waltz With Bashir with a surreal, vivacious, live action-animation hybrid about an aging actress (Robin Wright playing a version of herself) who sells her image to a movie studio-turned-cinematic dream world.

DamNation

USA | 2014 | 92 minutes | Ben Knight, Travis Rummel

This dynamic investigation into dam removal—including the Glines Canyon and Elwha Dams on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula—positions locals, scientists, politicians, and activists on all sides of the increasingly divisive issue as they battle for control of Earth’s greatest resource.

Desert Runners

USA | 2013 | 95 minutes | Jennifer Steinman

From Chile to China, Egypt to Antarctica, four non-professional runners challenge themselves to complete the 4 Deserts Grand Slam, a combination of the world’s most punishing, extreme ultramarathons.

Final Recipe

South Korea | 2013 | 98 minutes | Gina Kim

Hoping to save his grandfather’s fledgling restaurant, teenage Mark uses his university savings to secretly enter Shanghai’s blockbuster cooking competition, led by Master Chef Julia Lee (international superstar Michelle Yeoh).

From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines

Canada | 2013 | 108 minutes | Oliver Hockenhull

This documentary explores the effects of mind-expanding drugs such as MDMA and LSD and their potential medicinal purposes. Interview footage, psychedelic imagery, and information from decades of studies make From Neurons to Nirvana a must-see feature.

Hard to Be a God

Russia | 2013 | 170 minutes | Aleksei German

A group of Earth scientists live in secret among the barbaric citizens of Arkanar, a distant planet stuck in the Dark Ages. Based on the 1964 sci-fi bestseller by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

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