A Global Empathy

‘You understand so little of what is around you because you do not use what is within you.’

Hildegard von Bingen

The challenge of living empathically in today’s frenetic globalised economy is something I've been thinking and writing about since the release of Tawai. As the film makes its way out into the world, and is watched by an increasingly diverse audience, the idea of a universal empathy that transcends the borders of self and nation becomes more and more relevant. This article explores some of the questions that arise as the wisdom of the forest meets the city centres in which the film is shown.

Tawai going forwards

"We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”

Albert Einstein

Tawai is a film about reconnection. It connects us to our ancestors and the type of life they may have lived. It connects us with our bodies and senses, inviting us to feel more deeply once again. It connects us to each other, our physical environment, and that which is beyond, by inviting us to reconsider the interconnected nature of all things. But the film is not the end of the story, and the bonus features included in your DVD/Blu-Ray disk and on the website, present an opportunity to go beyond the feature itself and learn a little of the filmmaker’s wider vision.