Quiet Time: Mindfulness at the Movies
  • Trees with mountains in the distance
  • Trees being cut down


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sun, May 22, 2022 1:00 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Kevin McMahon


Bring a pillow, grab a soothing cup of tea, and leave your phone at home. Give yourself the gift of a little quiet time.

Our Quiet Time series begins with a specially recorded guided meditation and this immersive doc from acclaimed filmmaker Kevin McMahon (Waterlife), a cinematic journey through Canada’s boreal forest and the chorus of life that calls it home. How do trees move and communicate and survive the destructive forces of fire, insects, and human encroachment? How does it feel to see the world from the perspective of plants and animals? Perfect for fans of meditative touchstones like Braiding Sweetgrass and The Hidden Life of Trees, Borealis is nature therapy at its finest—a stunning portrait of the cycles of nature shot across a variety of national and provincial parks, including Banff and Jasper. It's a wondrous ode to our country’s iconic wilderness—and a one-way ticket to a calmer, more centered mind.

Featuring a special pre-film guided meditation by Moustafa Abdelrahman, an Applied Mindfulness Meditation Specialist, teacher and register psychotherapist who leads guided mindfulness courses and workshops with the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Mindfulness Without Borders.

Promotional Partners: Centre for Mindfulness Studies, Downward Dog Yoga Centre, Hard Feelings, and Workman Arts

Tickets: $15 (Members from $10)

Quiet Time: In an age of chronic distraction, work burnout and stress, we all need a moment to refresh and decompress. Enter Quiet Time, a new series designed to nurture mindfulness at the movies.

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