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Gaia Symphony No.5
Everything is Connected

If each one of us can remember the undeniable "Law of Life" and change even slightly our way of living and the choices we make in our daily lives including our political, economical, educational, scientific, artistic, and cultural situations; these will be the key to healing the ailing Earth and build a healthy and rich future. This has been the hope of the Gaia Symphony series. The first three films of this series were completed within 10 years at the end of the 20th century. The Gaia Symphony series have been actively promoted through voluntary screening and independent distribution and have been viewed by more than 1.8 million people.

This development of voluntary screening clearly shows that the hope of the Gaia Symphony theme did not simply remain as a hope but indeed became a tangible proof. In the beginning of the 21st century, Gaia Symphony No.4 was completed in September of 2001 through an unprecedented "One Frame Sponsorship" activity, where audiences themselves became sponsors of the film from the very beginning. However, the abhorrent 9/11 terrorist incident occurred as soon as we started to hold previews of Gaia Symphony No.4, which was created with a strong hope and a message "for the children who will be born and grow in the 21st century."

As we look at various phenomenon throughout the world since the collapse of the Twin Towers in New York City, which symbolized the technology civilization of the 21st century, until today in 2003, the world seems to be proceeding toward the opposite direction of the hope of Gaia Symphony.

We have an abnormal climate with frequent droughts, floods, earthquakes, tornados; epidemics, such as AIDS, Ebola virus, mad cow disease, SARS, etc.; never-ending terrorist attacks, Afghan War and Iraq War; and worldwide recession. I even feel anxious that if we continue in this manner, it appears that we will saddle the children of the 21st century with unbearable suffering, and that humankind is headed toward eradication.

However, this is definitely not the case. No. I think we should never let this happen.

The confusion and pain suffered now, throughout the world, can also be described as the labor pain as a new set of values for the 21st century is born. The labor pain associated with natural childbirth is in itself painful, but once passing through this pain, a new life, a treasured happiness is born, and we will see a new form of love emerging between the mother (earth) and her child (humankind). I think it is a problem if people get thrown into a panic state by being preoccupied with confusion or sorrow happening right in front of their eyes.

In this present time, we see the collapse of existing values. The changes that each of us individually make in our values, choices and actions will lead to a great change in the world as a whole. For times like this, it is most important that we trust and feel the sense of security that comes from the knowing that "everything is connected" - not only the connection between people to people, but also the connection between people to all the other life forms, people to material objects, people to natural environment, people to the earth, people to the universe, and people to all the past, present and future since the creation of this universe. They are all concretely and realistically connected. All the things we currently occupy ourselves with will not totally disappear. Instead, they will be "recorded" somewhere and will be connected and kept alive for the future generations, the future earth and the future universe.

We urge people toward this discovery, and to encourage them, with courage and joy, to make changes in their values, choices and actions. This is the concept of the Gaia Symphony No.5.

"Everything is Connected"

Reunion and Encounter

From the autumn of 2003, various people featured in previous Gaia Symphony films arrived in Japan.

In October, Russell Schweickart (No.1) revisited Japan since his visit 14 years earlier and spoke about "the era of Cosmic Birth" at the Memorial Cenotaph for the Atomic Bomb Victims in Hiroshima, the same place where he talked 14 years ago.

At the end of October, Dr. James Lovelock (No.4) arrived in Japan and visited the giant tomato tree of the late Shigeo Nozawa (No.1). And His Holiness the Dalai Lama (No.2) visited Japan while Dr. Lovelock was staying, and the dream encounter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Dr. Lovelock was realized. Furthermore, we were able to film His Holiness the Dalai Lama paying his official visit to the Ise Jingu Shrine.

In November, Dr. Jane Goodall (No.4) arrived in Japan. She talked about the children of the future in an informal manner with Bokunen Naka (No.4) at the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

Birth and Death

The participants who have passed away such as Shigeo Nozawa, Jacque Mayol, Michio Hoshino will be making reappearance through this "Birth and Death" chapter.

A new life developing inside a mother's womb goes through about four billion years of evolutionary history of all life forms on this planet and will be born with all these memories retained. A baby is born with this exquisite mechanism of life, the "accumulation of wisdom" of all the life forms of the earth over four billion years from bacteria to mankind, through the repetitive process of birth and death. This mechanism is nothing short of mysterious and magical.

We will look deeply into "Birth and Death" from the view point that everything is connected.

Gaia Symphony No. 5 (2004)
Ervin Laszlo (HUNGARY)
- Philosopher, Futurologist, Musician

"You can change the world."

Founder-president of the Club of Budapest (World Wisdom Council), philosopher, physicist, musician. Born in Hungary in 1932. Resides in Italy.

Dr. Laszlo was called a piano prodigy in his childhood. At the age of 7, he was admitted to the Franz Liszt Academy, at 9, performed with Budapest Philharmony, and at 15, he got the Grand Prize of the international Music Competition of Geneva.

In his 20s, he studied physics at Columbia University and philosophy in Yale University. In 30s, he supported Aurelio Peccei, the founder of the Club of Rome and creat the report "The Limits to Growth" and others. In40s and 50s, he become a director of UNITAR,(the united nations institute for training and research) and made great achievements in problem of developing countries. Laszlo proposed a theory of the "quantum vacuum energy field" where he unlocks the mystery of the birth of life and its evolution and presents the fact that "everything is connected" from a scientifically explainable viewpoint. His theory has been encouraging many people in the fields of politics, economics, science, art and education who seek a "Sustainable Future."

Filmed at: Tuscany, Italy and Budapest, Hungary
Akiko Ishigaki (JAPAN)
- Natural Plant Dye and Weave Artist

"We're being tested."

Born in Taketomi Island, Okinawa in 1938. Resides in Iriomote Island.

Ishigaki left the island to attend an art university in Tokyo where she realized the depth of the traditional textile-dyeing and weaving. She returned to the island to revive the natural plant dye and weave technique, and is creating new art for the 21st century. Ishigaki spins the living life (Basho or plantain banana and silkworms) into a thread, draws out the colors that are hidden in the living life (Fukugi or Garcinia, indigo, Kuru or Dioscorea cirrhosa), follows the path of the sun, and tunes the vibration into the phases of the moon. Ishigaki listens to the singing voice of Gaia where every single moment of every single day is different while she continues her work. Ishigaki says that "by the time I sit in front of my textile weaving loom, 90% of my work is done. And that 90% is not of my own doing."

Filmed at: Iriomote Island, Okinawa

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