‘Smudge,’ ‘Heaven’s Bookstore’ screen Friday | TheUnion.com

‘Smudge,’ ‘Heaven’s Bookstore’ screen Friday

Two movies will be screened Friday. “Smudge” is a short documentary out of Canada. It brings us a loving glimpse into the ritual of “smudging” – cleansing a body or a space with the smoke of burning herbs, most commonly sage or sweet grass. A reminder that sacred rituals abound, even in the most urban settings, this film encourages us to “smudge” anywhere and anytime. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

“Heaven’s Bookstore” is a metaphysical love story and was adapted from a Japanese novel that became a series of best-selling books. The author of the books worked with the director of the film to combine books one and three into this magical movie. Viewers are quickly introduced to Heaven, the place where people have to live out the remainder of the 100 years that it takes to be reincarnated. If a person dies at age 5, he or she will live in Heaven (a wonderful place to be) for 95 years but won’t age a day. Viewers also meet a cast of characters on earth who draw them into a seemingly different story about famous fireworks called “wabi” or “loving fireworks.” A heart-warming, intricate story that delivers in all ways. (111 minutes, in Japanese with English subtitles).

Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Time is 7-9 p.m. and the address is Center for Living Compassion, 194 Gold Flat Road (Jacobson Chiropractic complex). RSVP to Terri at 432-8302. Visit spiritualcinemacircle.org to find out more about the Spiritual Cinema Circle.

Call Terri for information on a documentary in two parts on severe early trauma, showing Monday, same time, same place.

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