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Movie Night "The Dhamma Brothers"
UUCiA Movie Night; Award winning documentary, The Dhamma Brothers6 Locke St.Friday Feb 22, 7 PM, movie 76 minutes long Free-Bring a friend, beach chair to sit on, and something to drink. We will providethe movie and popcorn.
The Dhamma Brothers tells a dramatic story of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of a group of prisoners as they enter into this arduous program. It will challenge assumptions about the very nature of prisons as places of punishment rather than rehabilitation. Despite the difficulty in obtaining permission to film inside a prison, the Alabama Department of Corrections allowed a film crew to document, not only the Vipassana program, but many other scenes and settings revealing the daily lives of prisoners and staff. Before the Vipassana retreat, the men openly express fear and trepidation, wondering what they will find when they look deeply within and face the consequences of past actions and trauma. They are shown packing their scant belongings and preparing for the journey inside, a very short walk down the prison corridor but a sea change in their lives as prisoners. We observe the transformation of the prison gym, a frequent site for violent battles among inmates, into a monastery, a separate, restricted place in which the inmate students can eat, sleep, and meditate in total seclusion from the rest of prison society.
More About Unitarian Universalist Congregation In Andover
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Andover worships alongside other churches in the Massachusetts branch of the Unitarian Universalist Association and calls on practices in Christianity, Judaism, as well as earth-centered traditions and from other factions of "human religious culture." The church has a "Welcoming Congregation" specifically for reaching out to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community members and tries to counteract the repressive influences in society.