The context, director’s story:
My name is David Fuller. I’m a journalist and filmmaker, I’ve produced and directed current affairs documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and others, for some of the most high profile shows including Panorama, the BBC’s flagship current affairs programme, and Unreported World, Channel 4’s Emmy award-winning series. I have also been an on-screen reporter for several years for Channel 4 News, reporting on everything from the financial crisis to the Arab Spring. I’ve been nominated twice for Royal Television Society (RTS) awards (winning once).
At the same time, for the last decade or so I’ve been deeply interested in my own spiritual development, inner growth workshops such as Path of Love, constellations, tantra, men’s groups, etcetera. I’m convinced that this work – inner exploration, personal growth and spiritual expansion – is of the utmost value, and should be more widely known and understood.
This is a rare perspective – a background in top-level journalism which has taught me how to communicate effectively to the mainstream – combined with a deep personal understanding of the spiritual journey. So I’ve always been on the lookout for stories that could ‘cross over’ – to bring some of this spiritual awareness into mainstream consciousness.
I think this is one of the most important projects in the world – to explain and demystify the inner journey and to help the renewal of a personal spirituality. Ultimately it’s the journey of reconnecting with ourselves, others and the planet. The lack of this inner connection to our source is, I believe, at the root of so many of the world’s crises – environmental degradation, depression, anxiety, addiction and general unhappiness.
The problem with many of the ‘spiritual’ or transformational films out there – is that they are preaching to the converted. They speak to an audience that is already sympathetic to the cause, and not to the wider public, so they are ignored by the mainstream and will never influence the wider conversation in the way that is needed.
By contrast, when the mainstream media usually looks at spiritual subjects they take the opposite view entirely – dismissing, ridiculing or looking for the negative side only – focusing on cults, sensationalism and ‘gullible people’.
My vision is to have a film that intelligently covers both sides of the spiritual journey – the positive and the difficult aspects, and I believe I have found a fascinating, powerful story that will achieve that, and has interest to a mainstream audience.