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Area23a, Tricycle and Umbrella Films

 proudly announce the LIVE STREAMING PREMIERE OF “AWARE”

“The most moving and beautiful depiction of deep understanding of consciousness and of who we are that I have seen depicted through film.”

-Jack Kornfield, author, and Buddhist teacher

“Stirs feelings of awe and wonder, humility and connection. A remarkable film.”

– Valerie Kalfrin, Alliance of Women Film Journalists

“Consciousness-elevating food for thought.”

– Michael Rechtshaffen, Los Angeles Times  

"Stunningly Deep, Wise and Visually Arresting, the most Mind-Blowing Film the Maui Film Festival has presented in Twenty Years!

-Barry Rivers Maui Film Festival Founder/Director



Live post-screening discussion moderated by Jack Kornfield, special guests include Directors Frauke Sandig & Eric Black; Roland Griffiths, Ph.D., Director, Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research; and Monica Gagliano, Professor of Plant Behavior & Cognition, University of Sydney 

Experience an ocean of consciousness with your audience


Area 23a, a leading event-based distribution company, announced today a partnership with Tricycle: The Buddhist Review and Umbrella Films for ONE NIGHT FOR CONSCIOUSNESS, a unique, live stream event celebrating the award-winning documentary feature, AWARE: GLIMPSES OF CONSCIOUSNESS directed by Frauke Sandig and Eric Black, winner of the 1st Jury Prize at the 2021 Illuminate Film Festival. 

What is consciousness? Is it in all living beings? Why are we predisposed for mystical experience? And what happens when we die? With haunting cinematography, AWARE follows six of the world’s most brilliant researchers approaching the most mysterious of enigmas, consciousness, from radically different perspectives, from within and without: through high-tech brain research and Eastern meditation, by scientifically exploring inner space through psychedelic substances and delving deep into the consciousness of plants. Scientists are arriving at new insights – some which have been integral to Indigenous knowledge for millenia.

“ONE NIGHT FOR CONSCIOUSNESS” brings a wide array of organizations and communities together to take a mind-blowing cinematic journey into the ocean of consciousness. By screening the film live across the globe, AWARE will establish a “collective connectedness” with the audience.  

Afterward, the audience will participate in a post-screening cinematic forum, where, after contemplating consciousness for themselves, they will have the opportunity to learn how they are truly interconnected with all things. 

  • Year
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    United States, Germany
  • Premiere
    Global Livestream
  • Rating
  • Note
    Umbrella Films in co-production with Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion and ZDF/3sat, North America Distribution: Area 23a
  • Director
    Frauke Sandig & Eric Black
  • Producer
    Frauke Sandig, Eric Black
  • Cast
    Richard Boothby, Monica Gagliano, Roland R. Griffiths, Christof Koch, Josefa Kirvin Kulix, Matthieu Ricard, Mary Cosimano, Justine Fritz, and Mingyur Rinpoche
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
    Franziska von Berlepsch, Rune Schweitzer
  • Sound Design
    Niklas Kammertons
  • Music
    Zoe Keating, Causeyoufair, David Hykes, Jorg Seibold