The 10 Films Rev. Danny Fisher Would Put in a Time Capsule.

Via Reverend Danny Fisher
on Jul 15, 2011
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You asked me to identify the ten films I’d put in a time capsule. I’ve been thinking about it a lot in the weeks since you’ve asked me. As I started to figure out which films those would be, it occurred to me that I was deciding based on the importance of the lessons each carries–the importance for me in my own life, anyway. Sure, I think you can tell something about styles of filmmaking that I like from these picks, but I see them as each representing something different and valuable.

So here they are…

Whatever the meaning of life is, you can bet that freedom from fear is part of it.
Defending Your Life (1991), dir. Albert Brooks
Telling the truth and standing up for others isn’t always easy, but you have to do it.
The Insider (1999), dir. Michael Mann
Make a relationship with impermanence.
Ikiru (1952), dir. Akira Kurosawa
“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.” – The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
4 Little Girls (1997), dir. Spike Lee
Being a human being involves doing our very best to care for, communicate, and be in community with others.
Le Grand Voyage (2004), dir. Ismaël Ferroukhi
“Never give up on anyone.” – Atisha
Hoosiers (1986), dir. David Anspaugh
In the words of Walt Whitman, we’re all of us “large, and contain multitudes.”
The Apostle (1997), dir. Robert Duvall
“Flee. Be Silent. Pray.” – Abba Arsenius
Nonviolence is the only way.
Gandhi (1982), dir. Sir Richard Attenborough
Grace is where it’s at.
The Tree of Life (2011), dir. Terrence Malick


About Reverend Danny Fisher

Rev. Danny Fisher, M.Div., D.B.S. (Cand.), is a professor and Coordinator of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at University of the West in Rosemead, CA. He was ordained as a lay Buddhist minister by the Buddhist Sangha Council of Southern California in 2008. In addition, he is certified as a mindfulness meditation instructor by Naropa University in association with Shambhala International. A member of the National Association of College and University Chaplains, he serves on the advisory council for the Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training Program. In addition to his work for elephant journal, he is a blogger for Shambhala Sun. He has also written for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Religion Dispatches, The Journal of Buddhist Ethics, The Journal of Religion & Film, Eastern Horizon, New York Spirit, Alternet's Wiretap Magazine, and other publications. His award-winning website is


2 Responses to “The 10 Films Rev. Danny Fisher Would Put in a Time Capsule.”

  1. Nobodhi says:

    great that you got it down to 10 ! Very eclectic too.
    A filmmaker friend of mine recently said, "Name just 2 films that come to mind — and the film you'll make will be wind up being an amalgam of those 2" (Try it w/ books, or anything.) For Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring my substitute would be Why Has Bodhidharma Left for the East. ¿ And do you think Ikiru bears influence of Tolstoy's Death of Ivan Illych ?
    — Please pass the popcorn …

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