A new documentary about the holistic pioneer Rudolf Steiner by the award-winning documentary film-maker Jonathan Stedall will be screened in two parts, at 7pm Wednesdays, January 16 & 23 at the newly renovated Lincolnville Community Building.
The documentary, “The Challenge of Rudolf Steiner”, involved filming in five countries and three continents. The two-part documentary (each part runs for 90 minutes) gives an historical overview of Steiner’s life, as well as looking at examples of his legacy around the world.
“This documentary will confront both the challenge of understanding the essence of Steiner’s message, as well as the challenge of taking what lay behind that message into the future,” Cupola Productions, the company specially set up to make and distribute the film, says on its website. “How can his genius help us to tackle the ecological, psychological and spiritual crises that we face today? How do we balance our inner quest with our outer deeds?”
Filming took place in Austria, Switzerland, India, Britain and the USA. As well as relating the story of Rudolf Steiner’s life, the film looks at some of the current work inspired by his insights – in particular the Waldorf School movement, biodynamic agriculture, eurythmy, Camphill communities, and the worldwide network of anthroposophical medical work.
Last year marked director Jonathan Stedall’s fiftieth year as a documentary filmmaker, 27 of those at the BBC, having worked with many prominent figures in public life. His previous films include documentaries on Tolstoy, Gandhi and Carl Jung. His book “Where on Earth is Heaven?” was published in 2009.
The screening is sponsored by Spindlewood Waldorf Kindergarten in Lincolnville www.spindlewoodmaine.com. The Lincolnville Community Building is in the Center, 18 Searsmont Road (Rt. 173). Open to the public free of charge. Donations accepted. The film will be followed by an opportunity for conversation with several community educators, parents and gardeners who work with Rudolf Steiner’s indications.