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I know it isn't a particularly new concept, but the return to Transcendentalism, the old proverb "Be noble for you are made of stars" along with the popular ultra-magnification of objects (Claes Oldenberg) and our own technological advances for journeying this earth and space travel create the mood of our time. We look at the microscopic (atoms, quarks!) and we look at the magnanimous (national forests, monuments, galaxies) in order to better understand our environments near and far, as well as ourselves.

On September 7, Ken Cinema (4061 Adams Ave) will feature Samsara, "a Sanskrit word that means 'the ever turning wheel of life'." This film took four years to make and includes 25 countries over 5 continents. "Samsara transports us via stunning cinematography to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders. The film subverts our expectations of a traditional documentary. It encourages our own interpretations, inspired by breathtaking images and transcendent music that infuses the ancient with the modern. Samsara explores the wonders of our world, from the mundane to the miraculous, looking into the unfathomable reaches of man's spirituality and the human experience, and illuminating the links between humanity and the rest of nature."

The film will be shown at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. Tickets cost $7.50-10.

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