The big screen documentary The Portal is one of the most poorly reviewed documentaries ever.
The film was created with the intention of inspiring humankind into a new era.
Exploring the role crisis plays in our evolution—and the mental programs we’re born into—this experiential documentary brings to life the stories of six people who have used stillness and mindfulness to move beyond trauma. There is Ron ‘Booda’ Taylor—a retired US serviceman managing PTSD, Human Rights Expert Amandine Roche whose commitment to global peace took her on a quest for inner peace, Vietnamese refugee Due Quach who overcame developmental trauma through ‘mind hacking’, elite athlete Heather Hennessy who reinvented herself following a career-ending injury, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana who found freedom in the confines of a personal catastrophe, and neurosurgeon James R Doty MD who had to lose everything to find the meaning of life.
Supported by insights from three of the world’s foremost futurists—and a robot—the stories unfold as an audiovisual spectacle that takes the viewer on their own mindfulness journey through the pain, joy and memory fragments of life. As the film juxtaposes chaos with calm to provoke an emotional and psychological shift in the audience, experts Mikey Siegel, Dr Julia Mossbridge and Daniel Schmachtenberger unpack concepts that are emerging from the zeitgeist, inviting us to consider the bigger questions facing our society. How can we approach life in a new way? Is technology a tool for transformation? What does it mean to be human?
Filming took place in a Syrian refugee camp, the USA, Canada, Australia and Indonesia over three years from 2016 to 2018.