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Labyrinth Journeys: A Documentary by Cintia Cabib 2016


Distributed by Cintia Cabib Productions
Produced by by Cintia Cabib
Directed by Cintia Cabib
DVD , color, 88 min.

High School - General Adult
Meditation, Health, Integrative Medicine, Religion, Spirituality

Date Entered: 09/16/2016

Reviewed by Barbara J. Walter, Longmont Public Library, Longmont, CO

Labyrinth Journeys reflects my interest in bringing to light spaces that provide individuals with healing, respite, renewal and a connection to nature., 01/07/2014

In Labyrinth Journeys independent filmmaker Cintia Cabib (A Community of Gardeners (2011), Carousel of Memories (2005), Good Garbage (1996)) documents stories of people using labyrinths in the Washington D.C. area, with a focus on the impact this form of walking meditation has on their lives.

Through interviews Cabib gives viewers a brief history lesson on the labyrinth, including the difference between it and a maze—a maze may have several “correct” paths and include dead ends, but a labyrinth always has a single path leading into its center and out again—then features in turn seven D.C.-area labyrinths in churches, military medical centers and hospitals, on city rooftops and in suburban yards. At every location Cabib allows the children and adults, soldiers and artists, patients and caregivers walking the labyrinth to speak candidly of its many functions: aid to contemplation and prayer, safe haven, place to regain emotional balance or de-stress, a community-building experience, a healing environment.

Seamlessly edited, concise and informative, Labyrinth Journeys introduces viewers to an ancient symbol and construction, and testifies to its ongoing power to foster wellbeing in body and mind. Recommended especially for academic libraries and high school media centers, the film has definite applications in high school and college-level psychology, health and religion courses, plus sections of the film can stand on their own if classroom time is limited. It is likewise a fine choice for public, church and special libraries serving communities where interest in meditation and integrative medicine is strong. In English, with English subtitles.