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Exploring Consciousness

Thought-provoking films featuring humanity's spiritual search, from ancient wisdom traditions to the latest interfaith dialogues and scientific investigations. Since 1996.




PROSPERITY features the journey of Dr Pedram Shojai - author of The Urban Monk - to discover a more sustainable way for us all to do better and thrive on our planet. The documentary explores an exploding conscious business movement, one fueled by social responsibility, transparency, millennials, and the realization that business-as-usual can't go on. The film unveils effective ways for everyone to be a part of this movement and really drive the positive change needed in the world.


The film will be introduced by Mark van Wijk, director of the film

Sunday 26 November at 6.15pm at the Labia on Orange
Ticket: R60


Please see movie website


Tana Bana

A film by Pat Murphy. Varanasi / Banares, Eternal City of Light, India, 2015. 78 minutes



Two screenings

Sunday 26 November at 6.30pm

at the Randburg Buddhist Centre , Johannesburg
6 Brink Street, Bryanbrink, Ferndale, Randburg

Ticket: R80 inludes light supper

Contact Karen for details:


Thursday 4 January 2018 at 11am

at the Simon's Town museum

Ticket: R40



The acclaimed Irish filmmaker Pat Murphy will be in attendance.

"The warp and the weft of the silk weaving.
The warp and the weft of time and space."

Read more about Pat Murphy
and co-producer and researcher Annie Dibble.


TANA BANA is a weaving term meaning 'the warp and the weft'.

In Varanasi, the legendary Hindu city, it also means the warp and weft of time and space as well as the daily synergy of Hindu and Moslem. So this vast interdependent view of reality is rooted in an activity which has kept this city alive for thousands of years.

But now Varanasi is under threat. If a single weaver can operate four power looms at the same time and the weavers are unable to teach their skills to their children, how can the city survive?

This unique, intimate documentary takes us on a journey through a day in the life of Varanasi, challenging preconceptions as we move into the heart of the labyrinth of lanes behind the river. From Hindu prayers on the Ganges at dawn, the film takes us into a Moslem world where the hidden lives of women and children are gradually revealed and where the weavers attempt to address the huge forces dominating their lives.





Fri 20 Oct – Thurs  23 Nov 2017


The Labia is honoured to host acclaimed British film director Tony Palmer, for the first three days, and to present a selection of seven of his award-winning films over a two week season.

"Palmer is thrilling, controversial, occasionally outrageous, but with profound musical insights"  - David Attenborough

Tickets R50, with usual Labia concessions


or call the Labia on 021 424 5927 |

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2006, 163 min, PG
Nov 17 - 23 - Daily 6.00pm

2007, 92 min, PG
Nov 17 - 23 - Daily 1.45pm