New Observations is delighted to have photographer and filmmaker Phil Borges to our podcast this week. Mia Feroleto first watched his TED Talk, several years ago and has watched it five or six times since. Phil’s work rang a bell with her as it paralleled her own experience during her kundalini activation. Fortunately, her experience included her experience working in the Department of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center in the late 1970s and early 80s. Her friendship with psychiatrist and opthamologist Lee Sannella, MD, kundalini master and author of the classic book, “The Kundalini Experience: Psychosis or Transcendence,” provided a foundation and understanding that many people who go through this process do not have access to, such as the young man Phil follows in his film “Crazy Wise.”
You can learn more about Phil Borges and his work PhilBorges.com.
For over twenty-five years Phil Borges has been documenting indigenous and tribal cultures, striving to create an understanding of the challenges they face. His work is exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide and his award winning books, which have been published in four languages, include Tibetan Portrait, Enduring Spirit, Women Empowered and Tibet: Culture on the Edge. He has hosted television documentaries on indigenous cultures for Discovery and National Geographic channels. Phil also lectures and teaches internationally.
Phil’s recent project, CRAZYWISE, explores the relevance of Shamanic traditional practices and beliefs to those of us living in the modern world. CRAZYWISE centers around a young man struggling with his sanity, world renowned mental health professionals, and a gutsy survivor-led movement…all challenging a mental health system in crisis.
Phil’s program Stirring the Fire has produced several short documentaries, a book and an exhibition highlighting some of the extraordinary women worldwide who are breaking through gender barriers and conventions in order to enhance the well being of their communities.
In 2000 Phil founded Bridges to Understanding, an online classroom program that connects youth worldwide through digital storytelling in order to enhance cross-cultural understanding and help build a sense of global citizenship in youth. He also co-founded Blue Earth Alliance, a 501c3 that sponsors photographic projects focusing on endangered cultures and threatened environments.
Phil graduated from University of California as a Regents Scholar in 1969 and was honored with their prestigious University of California Medal in 2004. He lives with his family in Seattle.
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