In this uplifting, humorous, award-winning documentary, filmmaker Roger Nygard asks weighty questions of spiritual leaders, gurus, scientists, and a pizza chef, creating a witty, thought-provoking study of the greatest mysteries of life.


Roger Nygard





Credited cast:
Nancy Ellen Abrams Nancy Ellen Abrams ... Self
Rob Adonis Rob Adonis ... Self
Aha ... Self
Javed Akhtar ... Self
Matthew Alper Matthew Alper ... Self
Darryl Anka ... Self
Butch Anthony Butch Anthony ... Self
Jon Atack Jon Atack ... Self
Amiri Baraka ... Self
Steve Biller Steve Biller ... Self
Mehera Blum ... Self
Geoff Bolt Geoff Bolt ... Self
Jack Bowen Jack Bowen ... Self
Joshua Brown Joshua Brown ... Self
Orson Scott Card


Filmmaker Roger Nygard roams the globe to the source of each of the world's philosophies, religions, and belief systems. He interviews spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, artists, pizza chefs, and others who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity. Written by Anonymous

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Difficult to take seriously (as intellectual exploration)
16 July 2011 | by glaheySee all my reviews

It was hard to take this documentary series as an exploration of a question. The film maker biases himself from the outset. Christianity (his native religion) is represented only by wrestlers, back-woods ministers, a crazed lunatic, and very only crusty men. Other religions are represented by sincere but folksy types who boarder on primitive. Atheism is represented by extremely friendly and socially well-adjusted supra-geniuses.

Were no authors from the Christian best seller's list available? Are no Buddhists or Muslims teaching in universities? And most noticeably missing, the Atheists I grew up with Texas trailer parks ranting, "There ain't no God, that's why I steal and kill." I do not think this was intentional on the filmmakers part. I think he subconsciously sought the answer he was already desiring...."Whatever the nature of existence is, it is certainly not offered by the church, it is doubtfully possible that some other religion offers it, but science gives us the best hope."

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