At the heart of WOVEN’s purpose is the desire to provide experiences that support individual transformation, which we believe is ultimately what allows each of us to move towards wholeness. We also believe that shared experiences are powerful learning opportunities for community growth.
When we look to the natural world, we see that transformation is a natural process, one that is continuous and present in every being and system. From the caterpillar that metamorphoses into the butterfly to the slow erosion of river valleys, change is inevitable. In nature, these changes exist in balance—each ecosystem adapting and altering in complex but harmonious systems. Most of humanity’s problems, collectively and individually, come from patterns and behaviors that lead to imbalance or stagnation. At times we avoid the need to evolve because it challenges us to confront the parts of ourselves that need to change form. Struggle is part of the process of growth, and the shedding of old ways of being can be frightening. WOVEN seeks to offer nurturing and supportive environments that invite individuals to reconnect with the natural process of discovery and transformation, where we can confront fear with compassion. As we learn together and lovingly hold space for the necessary difficulty of change we discover new paths towards connection and wholeness.
Three Films - Three Topics of Transformation
WOVEN’s film festival—beginning November 13th—presents three different films that highlight aspects of our society that need attention and innovative approaches. Each film encourages us to think about how to transform our thinking about who we are and how we can heal.
The festival includes film screenings followed by panel discussions by experts in each topic. WOVEN’s film festival is a community fundraiser, proceeds from ticket sales benefit each nonprofit we are partnering with.
“The Wisdom of Trauma” on Nov. 13 at 1 p.m.
“Disclosure” on Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.
“Psyched” on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m.
All three screenings will be held at the Broadway Metro Theater, 888 Willamette Street in Eugene. Tickets are $15 per person for each screening and are available at the theater or through wovenhome.org/film-festival.
About the Films and Panel Discussions:
Trauma is the invisible force that shapes the way we live, the way we love, and the way we make sense of the world. Physician, bestselling author, and Order of Canada recipient Dr. Gabor Maté will explore why western society is facing epidemics of mental illness, addiction, suicide, and autoimmune illness. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote healing. Panel discussion with The Trauma Healing Project.
This eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television will reveal how Hollywood simultaneously reflects and manufactures anxieties about gender. Leading trans thinkers and creatives, including Laverne Cox, Lilly Wachowski, Yance Ford, Mj Rodriguez, Jamie Clayton, and Chaz Bono, share their reactions and resistance to films like A Florida Enchantment, Dog Day Afternoon, The Crying Game, and Boys Don’t Cry, and to shows like The Jeffersons, The L-Word, and Pose. What emerges is a fascinating story of dynamic interplay between trans representation on screen, society’s beliefs, and the reality of trans lives. Panel discussion with TransPonder.
Natural Health enthusiast and founder of Elemental Wellness Studio in Toronto, Giovanni Bartolomeo shares his documentary film centered on the healing effects of plant medicines like Ayahuasca and Psilocybin. Bartolomeo shines light on the healing of three people from completely different walks of life who suffer from a range of ailments, as well as his own explorations into the otherworldly experiences held sacred by this ancient tradition. Panel discussion with EDELIC Center for Ethnobotanical Services.
For tickets and information about WOVEN Film Festival, starting November 13, 2021, visit www.wovenhome.org/film-festival