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Aware: Glimpses of Consciousness

Available screening types




Available until

Jan 01, 2025

Available in

United States of America, Canada

Brought to you by

Bullfrog Films

About the film

AWARE follows six brilliant researchers around the world who set out to discover the true meaning of consciousness, the world's greatest unsolved mystery. Through radically different approaches, the cast of researchers take the audience into a fascinating world of high-tech brain research, eastern meditation, psychedelics, the consciousness of plants experiments and eventually beyond the explicable.




1h 46m




Frauke Sandig, Eric Black


Frauke Sandig, Eric Black


Christof Koch, Ph.D, Matthieu Ricard, Ph.D, Monica Gagliano, Ph.D, Josefa Kirvin Kulix, Roland R. Griffiths, Ph. D, Richard Boothby, Ph.D, Mingyur Rinpoche

Awards & recognition

Independent Lens

Nationwide Broadcast

Illuminate Film Festival

Jury Prize, Debut Feature Competition

Millennium Docs Against Gravity

Online Audience Award

Maui Film Festival

Create The Future Award

What people are saying

Science and spirituality join forces in the mindful if heavily meditative documentary, Aware...The investigation brings together individuals from both disciplines to provide colorful perspectives...Consciousness-elevating food for thought.

Michael Rechtshaffen

Los Angeles Times

Whether it's an elephant finding amusement at play or a deep introspective psychedelics-induced journey into inner space to find meaning, the film surfaces existential mysteries at the core of the human experience in an entertaining and enlightening fashion.

Bradley Gibson

Film Threat

The very nature of science is at the heart of Frauke Sandig and Eric Black's absorbing documentary, which asks more questions than it can answer in ways that leave you wanting to learn more...Ultimately, we get a touching portrait of a variety of different human beings all circling around the fascinating, perhaps unsolvable, problem of the mind.

Bilge Ebiri

Spirituality & Health Magazine

A fascinating look at who we are, and how we fit into the cosmos and life's continuum...Humans are not nearly at a place where we have answered who we are, what we're doing here, and what happens to us when we're gone. Given what is happening to the environment and climate around the world, we could benefit mightily from answering questions about our place in nature and in the universe. A lot would change for the better if we truly knew how interconnected we are. With Aware, Sandig and Black show us some brilliant people getting closer to figuring out something essential to us all.

Leslie Combemale

Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Not only do words fail. It's notoriously difficult to visually depict a psychedelic state of mind on film. Sandig and Black do so in subtle but powerful ways. Not with cheesy special effects, but with mystical footage of the cosmic dance between sea and sky, forests and ferns, birds and bees...There is awe and wonder coming from all the 'experts' interviewed in Aware, whether they are scientists or mystics. In the end, this is a hopeful film, and God knows we could all use some of that right now.

Don Lattin

Lucid News

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