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The Cinema Essential

One meeting per month

Peliculas on philosophy, spirituality and the destiny of the human being

Cycle 2020

Wise Men of East and West

What do Aristote, Confucius, Thomas de Aquino, Rumi, Leonardo da Vinci, Michel-Ange, _cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3d58Rudophederudined58Rudophed58d-136 have in common .. ?


In all civilizations and at all times, there have been notable men and women who have been living testimonies of the possibility of a much higher level of conscience and humanity.


The diversity of talents and the harmonious development of these characters has always generated admiration and opposition... and many questions._cc781905-5cde-3194-bb3b-1358bad5

Where and when will they have learned so many things ? We don't know the answer, but in the old days, we used to say that wisdom teachers remembered everything they had learned during their past lives. Truth or legend? In any case, through their knowledge, their artistic or relational qualities and above all through their actions, these teachers of wisdom are examples that can_cc781905-5cde-3194- bb3b-136bad5cf58d_inspire us about our inner or spiritual path.

5 films about the life of great Masters of East and West

*** Date changes due to the health situation (see below for new dates) ***

For this first cycle of essential cinema, we propose four films and two documentaries, based on the lives of great masters of wisdom from the East and the West: Sufi masters from the Middle East; the Japanese masterpiece on the way of Zen by Master Dogen; the life of Confucius in China and teachers like GI Gurdjieff and Selim Aïssel in the West.


The projections are made in the “Ciné Esencial” style at Cityzen Barcelona space in El Born: brief presentation of the film + projection + coffee/tea with debate (each bringing something to eat too if you want) in a relaxing environment. From 7:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on a Thursday or Wednesday per month.

1.   Confucius, wisdom is mightier than the back (China)

Film in Spanish

2.   Encuentros con hombres notables, la búsqueda de GI Gurdjieff    _cc781905-5cde- 3194-bb3b-136bad5cf58d_  

      (Armenia, Afghanistan)-Film in English, subtitled in Spanish

3.   Moments of Eternity, Sélim Aïssel (France)

      Documentary in French, subtitled al spanish

4.   Zen, the life of Master Dogen (Japan)

      Película en japonés en subtitulada al castellano

5.   Al Ghazali, the alchemist of happiness (Iran, Iraq)

      D.documentary in english

January 30​ 2020

February 20, 2020

July 9 2020

September 16, 2020

date in October 2020


free events

You can bring something to eat to share during the screening if you want

Pre-registration (limited places)

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