The West’s movement towards enlightenment
  • Monday 24 August 2015
Awake Film

The era of the 1920s saw many changes occur all around the world, and particularly in the West.

Radical political and civil rights movements were emerging in areas around the globe, but perhaps none were more stirring than the movement of enlightenment.

The new film Awake: The Life of Yogananda explores the introduction and expansion of yoga and meditation in the West.

The film revolves around Hindu mystic Paramahansa Yoganana and how he drove this enlightenment movement throughout the early 1900s.

Special screenings will be held at Sunshine Coast Council’s Arthouse Cinema Nambour on Thursday, September 3 at 7pm, as well as Saturday, September 5 at 4.30pm and Sunday, September 6 at 2pm.

Yogananda was the author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi, which became the go-to book for seekers and yoga enthusiasts from George Harrison to Steve Jobbs.

By personalising his own quest for enlightenment and sharing his struggles along the path, Yogananda made ancient teachings accessible to a modern culture.

Filmed over three years in more than  30 countries, Awake examines the world of yoga, modern and ancient, East and West, and explores why millions today have turned their attention inwards in the pursuit of self-realisation.

By evoking the journey of the soul as it pushes its way through the oppression of the ego and delusion of the material world, the film creates an experiential immersion into the unseen realms.

Interesting, intriguing and enlightening, to book your tickets to this special event screening, you can call Nambour Civic Centre on 5475 7777, visit or purchase tickets at the venues box office.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $11 for concessions, $9 for film club members, $11 for full-time students and $9 for children under 13 years.

The Nambour Civic Centre is located on the upper level of the Centenary Square complex, located at 52 – 64 Currie Street, Nambour. Parking is available via Mill Street across from the Coles Supermarket.