Good movie, unique setting, free popcorn…sounds like a perfect night, doesn’t it? Well that’s exactly how BDD’s Cine Club night was like. As part of a series of Training and Development activities at Beirut Digital District we introduced the first Cine Club event on July 26th at BDD 1075’s Roof Top.

We wanted something that everyone at our community would enjoy and that everyone can still learn from. In the words of Martin Scorsese “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out”, which is why we screened the movie “Peaceful Warrior”.

“Peaceful Warrior” is based on a true story and revolves around a character called Dan Millman who seemed to have it all: good grades, a shot at the Olympic team on the rings and girls lining up for the handsome Berkeley college athlete all team mates look up to with envy. Only one man shook his confidence, an anonymous night gas station attendant, who like the philosopher Socrates, keeps questioning every assumption in his life. Then a traffic crash shatters Dan’s legs, and his bright future. Not to ruin the movie for those who haven’t seen it, we’ll just say this anonymous man’s life coaching was to make or break Dan’s revised ambition.

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The movie was followed by a discussion on the topic of Mindfulness with an expert in Psychology; Mr Charles Khater.

The movie let everyone in on the idea of unexpectedly losing everything we have in a day. Like Dan, we all tend to take advantage of our blessings and never seem to be satisfied with anything offered to us. Khater explained how the movie sheds light on the importance of living in the present, the importance of capturing every moment and not stressing about the past or the future. It’s easier said than done, some of the attendees said that this can be achieved by dropping expectations of how the future should look like or how things should go. Others emphasized on how impossible it is to disregard the future as it is our only drive to work harder every day.

In conclusion, “Peaceful Warrior” emphasizes on how our lives should not be halted by negative elements, that we should shed any ego, spite, jealousy and anger we might be holding in and that we should always be thankful for our fortunes and learn from our misfortunes.

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