The Satsang Film Festival

Satsang Film Festival for San Miguel screens films that have won a number of awards from audiences across the world. Each of these films has been chosen because of its positive and inspiring content. This speaks to the relevance of how much these themes are on the forefront of our minds. An hour-long discussion follows each film to, hopefully, prompt a heartfelt exchange of ideas. It is challenging, to say the least, to bring about and be the change we wish to see in the world. (All films starts at 5pm.)

Satsang Film Festival, Sat, Jan 14-Sat, Jan 21, 5pm-7pm, Teatro Santa Ana, 70 pesosSat, Jan 14, Happy, finding the roots of happiness in the most surprising places.

Mon, Jan 16, One, asks the most important universal questions to some of the great thinkers of our time.

Tue, Jan 17, Living Matrix is about the role of mind, intention and belief in our health. It premiered to sold-out audiences in London and Los Angeles.

Wed, Jan 18, a fun night of award-winning shorts offer many profound ideas all in one evening.

Thu, Jan 19, Quantum Activist brings science and spirituality together in an easy to understand presentation.

Fri, Jan 20 Y Yoga Movie will open the door into why Yoga has become so popular! Why and what is it all about?

Sat, Jan 21, Invocation is a journey around the world looking for God through religion, science, history, politics and art. This film is in English with Spanish subtitles.

Thanks to sponsors, ticket holders will enjoy up to a 20 percent discount for a full month after opening night at local stores.

Join us to make this little film festival a big success!

Leave Them Laughing

Reel Docs presents Leave Them Laughing, a documentary film that was nominated for a Genie Award, Canada’s equivalent of an Oscar. The remarkable Carla Zilbersmith was diagnosed in 2007 and given less than four years to live. Once a Canadian nationally-known performer of ballads, skits and self-parody, she was fated by Lou Gehrig’s disease to perish within months when film director John Zaritsky discovered her plight. She will leave a teen-aged son, fans and students who adore her, and this 90-minute pre-mortem retrospective of a life lived fully, but far too fast.

Reel Docs, Documentary Film Series, Leave Them Laughing, Fri, Jan 13 & Mon, Jan 16, 3pm, Teatro Santa Ana, 80 pesos

Sandy Handsher, one of the producers of the film and a close friend of Carla’s, will be on hand to do a Q&A following the film. Ms. Handsher will be honored after the Q&A with a margarita reception during which audience members can meet her personally.


Why do Americans choose to live abroad? How do they impact this particular locale, which was once a sleepy provincial town in the mountains of Mexico? How do the Mexican residents view these “visitors” from the north? How do the two cultures co-exist, for better and worse? Join producer-director Dennis Lanson for the screening and discussion of his documentary film, Gringolandia.

Gringolandia, Mon & Tue, Jan 16 & 17, 1:30pm, Teatro Santa Ana, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A, Donations 60 pesos

Americans have been living the expatriate life in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, for more than 50 years. Recently, though, their numbers have increased dramatically. Real estate has boomed. Some residents seek all the amenities they have at home, but at half the price.

A few years ago Money Magazine listed San Miguel as one of the best retirement destinations, and the only one outside the U.S. With millions of Baby Boomers on the verge of retirement, unwilling to settle for that rocking chair on the porch, where does a place like San Miguel de Allende fit in? And where do they fit in to a place like San Miguel?

Dennis Lanson has been writing, producing, and directing film and video since the 1980s. A trailer for his current project To Hear The Music: The Opus 139 Project, about Gloucester pipe organ builder CB Fisk, Inc. and the installation of a new pipe organ in Harvard University’s Memorial Church, can be viewed at:

View video clips and trailer at or on Youtube:

 Capitalism in crisis

Is the financial crisis of 2008 a deeper systemic crisis of capitalism itself?

The Center for Global Justice examines this bigger picture in films and a panel discussion this week.

Capitalism Hits the Fan (Rick Wolff)

Tue, Jan 17, 3pm, Capitalism: A Love Story (Michael Moore), Thu, Jan 19, 3pm, Meltdown (Al-jazeera), Fri, Jan 20, 3pm, Teatro Santa Ana, All films 60 pesos

Panel, The Global Capitalist Crisis, w/Cliff DuRand, Betsy Bowman & Ronnie Cummins

Wed, Jan 18, 11am, Sala Quetzal, 60 pesos

Panel discussion: “The Global Capitalist Crisis,” features Cliff DuRand and Betsy Bowman (co-founders of the Center) and Ronnie Cummins of Vía Orgánica. Why has this crisis happened? Is capitalism as we have known it sustainable? Is it conducive of human well-being? Is it even compatible with a livable planet?

Films: Capitalism Hits the Fan, is a filmed lecture by economist Rick Wolff. He traces the source of the current economic crisis to the 1970s, when wages began to stagnate and working people were forced into an unsustainable spiral of borrowing and debt that ultimately exploded in the mortgage meltdown. Wolff argues convincingly that government bailouts, stimulus packages and increased market regulation will not be enough to address the root causes of the crisis. Capitalism: A Love Story by Michael Moore looks at what capitalism has led to in the US. Moore shows us the disastrous impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. Free market capitalism crashed the banks and Wall Street and it takes massive government bailouts to rescue them. The result of free market capitalism is that there is no middle class anymore.

Meltdown is the al-jazeera television looks at popular fight back in parts 3 and 4 of its English series. If your news source is mainly the US media, you will be surprised how widespread and radical this resistance to global capitalism has been. Time Magazine declared “The Protester” the 2011 Person of the Year. Will “The Revolutionary” be the Person of 2012?

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