Shift Your World Festival

The Shift Your World Film Festival, offering 10 free “transformational” feature documentaries over the next four days, opens at 8 pm ET today, May 6, with The Portal, an Australian film that follows six people (and a robot) who transform their lives using mindfulness techniques.

The other festival features are:

The Twelve, Friday, May 7, 4 pm

Follows three indigenous elders from Siberia, Colombia and Botswana as they travel to the United Nations, where they and nine others from around the globe share their wisdom on humanity’s eternal and complex connection with nature.

The Reunited StatesFriday, May 7, 8 pm

Those followed in this film about bridging America’s political and racial divides include Susan Bro, who lost her daughter when a car drove through a crowd in Charlottesville, and David and Erin Leaverton, a Republican couple who traveled to all 50 states in an RV to find out what divides us.

The Reunited States is also available for $3.99 from various providers.

Heal, Friday, May 7, midnight

Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson are among those appearing in this film about how thoughts, beliefs, and emotions have a huge impact on health and the ability to heal.

Heal is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers, free on the Hoopla library service, or for $2.99 from various providers.

We Are The Radical Monarchs, Saturday, May 8, 4 pm

In Oakland, CA, the Radical Monarchs — an alternative to the Girl Scouts for 8-13-year-old girls of color — award ebadges for completing units on social justice.

We Are The Radical Monarchs is also available to subscribers.

Kiss The GroundSaturday, May 8, 8 pm

Narrated by Woody Harrelson, Kiss the Ground demonstrates how activists, scientists, farmers, and politicians can band together to balance the climate, replenish vast water supplies, and feed the world.

Kiss the Ground is also available to Netflix subscribers.

ArtifishalSaturday, May 8, midnight

A look at the challenges ecologists and conservationists face in the salmon hatchery industry.

Artifishal is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers or for $2.99 from Amazon and Vudu.

River of Gold, Sunday, May 9, 1 pm

Narrated by Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, River of Gold follows a clandestine journey of two war journalists and a Peruvian guide into Peru’s Amazon rainforest to uncover the unraveling of pristine jungle.

Love Thy NatureSunday, May 9, 4 pm

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Love Thy Nature looks at man’s relationship with the natural world.

Love Thy Nature is also available free with ads on Tubi and Plex, or for $2.99 from various providers.

Baraka, Sunday, May 9, 8 pm

Filmed in 24 countries on six continents with no narration or dialogue, this 1992 film explores the theme of humanity’s diversity and impact upon the environment. 

Baraka is also available to Amazon Prime subscribers or for $2.99 from various providers.

You can register at to see all the above feature films free, plus short films, panels and conversations with filmmakers.

If you pay $97 for a “VIP Pass,” you’ll also get:

  • A May 15th 4 pm screening of End of the Line: The Women of Standing Rock, documenting a group of indigenous women who risk their lives to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline construction.
  • An additional two-week access to all festival films
  • Access to two complete Shift Network courses, The Heart of Activism and Metamorphosis with Story Magic
  • Other perks such as an official program and a pass to the VIP Lounge, offering an “immersive virtual experience.”

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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