‘I AM’ is an amazing, existential documentary that probes the purpose of life and our intrinsic connectedness.
This is a wonderful film written by an unexpected director. Previously known for his successful Jim Carrey comedies, Tom Shadyac asks, “What’s wrong with our world and what can we do about it?” After suffering from Post Concussion Syndrome, following a cycling accident, Tom started welcoming the idea of death. Then one day, his symptoms disappeared. With some perspective, feeling completely removed from his life, he came to the ultimate conclusion that all of his “stuff” did not make him any happier. He sold his Malibu mansion and moved into a mobile home.
Armed with nothing but his innate curiosity and a small crew to film his adventures, Shadyac set out on a twenty-first century quest for enlightenment. Meeting with a variety of thinkers and doers–remarkable men and women from the worlds of science, philosophy, academia, and faith–including such luminaries as David Suzuki, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Lynne McTaggart, Ray Anderson, John Francis, Coleman Barks, and Marc Ian Barasch, Shadyac builds a compelling new view of the truth about life.
“As early as I can remember I simply wanted to know what was true,” he recalls, “and somehow I perceived at a very early age that what I was being taught was not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.” He humorously describes himself as “questioning and searching and stumbling and fumbling toward the light.”
This film sets forth a mission to show us that we are all intrinsically connected at levels we do not even realize. Offering real proof of how our emotions shoot away from us just the same as radio waves with a demonstration of live yogurt colonies, and their response to Tom’s emotions, to heartwarming moments like Tom giving away “free hugs,” this film pulls on a thread of human compassion and the human instinct to help.
“The truth of who we are is we are because we belong.” “The basis of nature is cooperation and democracy, it’s in our DNA.” “We are just at the point where technology and this narrative are beginning to come together.” “The science shows us that we are all connected.” “Very deep connections at a very deep level.” “This is the most profound discovery in all of physics.” “What we do at the individual level really does affect the global environment.” “We are geared at a primordial level to feel what another person feels.” “This is the emerging story.” “We are far grander than we’ve been told.” “We’ve asked this question, “what’s wrong with the world?” and we’ve ended up discovering what’s right with it.”
Warning: For those of the emotional type, be prepared, this is a tearjerker. This film will actually change your life.