What we watch day in and day out influences our behavior, what we find acceptable and how we think. Even sitcoms or what feels like “lite” entertainment has a constructive or destructive influence on us, our children and society. What we consistently watch affects us in mind and spirit, the same as our body is affected by what we consistently eat. It's good to be conscious of what we watch and the programing and films we support. What qualities, what traits and principles are being gloried in the film? Especially children need to be allowed to be children for a while, and have very adult content added to their films, hoping it goes over their head...just to broaden the appeal to sell more tickets. Though it's slim pickings if you look through most of the films produced..if you take the time, there are many wonderful films & books out there we can find with a little looking...There are too many films to put here, but thought I'd put a few random films, in a variety of genres, here on the site for examples...and for children, checkout Common Sense Media (link below) for even more help navigating the waters.
A Life on Our Planet
Inner World Outer World
For the Next 7 Generations
Dorme (short, family/kids)
It's a Wonderful Life
The Shawshank Redemption
Won't You Be My Neighbor
Somewhere In Time
Lord of the Rings
Children of Heaven
Field of Dreams
Children of Heaven (foreign)
Judas and the Black Messiah
My Octopus Teacher
Books For Kids
Dorme: A Magical Dreamland Visit by Sylvia Binsfeld
Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington
The Birds Who Flew Beyond Time by Anne Barring
Good Night Fairies by Kathleen Hague
Animated Films For Kids
Rudolph-the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Charlie Brown Christmas
Kung Fu Panda 3
The Peanuts Movie
Kubo and the Two Strings
Books For Adults
Living Deeply by Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D., Cassandra Virten, Ph.D.Tina Anorok, Psy.D.
For someone beginning on the spiritual path. This is a wonderful place to start, with its eclectic wisdom and easy to understand information.
Dream of the Cosmos by Anne Barring
The Dream of the Cosmos is the story of a multi-layered quest to understand the causes of human suffering and to reconnect with a deeper reality than the one we inhabit in this physical dimension of experience. It seeks to answer the questions: "Who are we?" and "Why are we here, on this planet?" A vast and beautiful book.
Soul Power by Anne Barring & Scilla Elworthy (Don't let it's small size fool you. There is so much life-changing wisdom in this little package.)
The Business Plan For Peace: Building a World Without War by Scilla Elworthy
This book is for anyone wanting to stop feeling helpless and overwhelmed about what is going on in the world and instead apply their own personal skills to do something about it.
Speaking with Nature by Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts
Nature and the Earth are conscious. In this wonderful book Sandra and Llyn show us how to access the spirit of nature and share transformative wisdom.
How a Mountain was Made by Greg Sarris
Stories filled with native American wisdom and the magic of life.
An Additional Resource for Children's Media
COMMON SENSE MEDIA. Additionally, a fantastic resource to help navigate family and children's films is Common Sense Media which posts film, book, video game, in an unbiased manner, to help parents make the right choices.
The Witness by Paul Kingsnorth. (Though I believe we are the pivotal generation that will turn things around just before it becomes too late and Paul feels we won't wake-up in time, this article does serve as one big wake-up call. http://www.tricycle.com/special-section/witness
Geena Davis Calls for More Women in Film by Team Elle: Creating the healthy balance of yin and yang the world needs by allowing women and girls the same rights and opportunities to get their voices hear. http://www.elleuk.com/now-trending/geena-davis-calls-for-morewomen-in-film