One: The Movie

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ONE: The Movie
Directed byWard Powers
Release date
  • 2005 (2005)
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States

ONE: The Movie is an independent documentary that surveys beliefs on the meaning of life, matching with the view that "we are all one". The movie was created and directed by Michigan filmmakers Carter Scott, Ward M. Powers and Diane Powers, and featured interviews with Deepak Chopra, Robert Thurman, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jaggi Vasudev, and others.

It was originally released in movie theaters in North America with accompanying promotional events in late 2005 through 2007. An (English version in US) was released on DVD in 2007. The documentary was a focus of discussion in the Global Spirit series' episode Oneness: The Big Picture on LinkTV.[1]


The filmmakers asked twenty questions of religious and spiritual teachers as well as artists, authors, atheists, and people on the street. The answers are accompanied by the image of a "nameless traveler" who has grown weary with the suffering and negativity of the world, and who begins a search for meaning and truth. The documentary covers a range of spiritual and philosophical themes such as the source of fear, enlightenment, spirit, the meaning of life, compassion, life after death, diversity, the nature of God and Heaven, and religion (including Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sufism, Taoism, New Age, New Thought Spirituality, Hare Krishna, Native American spirituality, Catholicism, Protestantism, and Christian fundamentalism). ONE also explores contemporary themes of war, conflict, terrorism, peace, global change, social responsibility, and environmental concerns. Prior to editing the movie, the filmmakers consulted with American philosopher Ken Wilber, founder of the Integral Institute.

Participants included Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay), Thomas Keating, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Riane Eisler, Robert Thurman, Jaggi Vasudev, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Mantak Chia, the late Bhakti Tirtha Swami, Richard Rohr, Sister Chan Khong, Hassan Al-Qazwini, the late Wayne Teasdale, Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg, and Muruga Booker.[2]

Film festival presence[edit]

  • Official Selection of the 2005 Berlin One World International Human Rights Festival
  • Official Selection of the 2005 Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Official Selection of the 2005 Global Peace Film Festival
  • Official Selection of the 2005 Hong Kong Exploring Consciousness Film Festival
  • Official Selection of the 2005 South African Exploring Consciousness Film Festival
  • Official Selection of the 2005 Waterfront Film Festival
  • Award Winner of the 2005 East Lansing Film Festival


One received mixed reviews. Tom Keogh, writing for The Seattle Times, was largely positive, stating that the film's lack of polish proved to be an asset and that it "looks like a labor of love and is all the more stirring for it".[3] In contrast, G. Allen Johnson, writing for the San Francisco Chronicle, was less impressed by its amateurish quality, stating that it could have used more expertise. He was also critical of the fact that the subjects interviewed in the film were all either "great thinkers" or "fringe players", which undermined the intended theme of the film that we are all interconnected.[4] Sean Axmaker of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer praised the film's "spirit of inquiry", but felt it came across as naïve and criticized its feeling of "false modesty".[5]


  1. ^ "Global Spirit: Oneness: The Big Picture". LinkTV. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
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  3. ^ Keogh, Tom. "Cosmic query: What does it mean to be one?". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  4. ^ Johnson, G. Allen. "'One' asks us to join hands in a post-Sept. 11 group hug". SFGATE. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  5. ^ Axmaker, Sean. "Spirit of inquiry shines despite naivete of 'One'". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 15 June 2021.

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