The Nature of Existence

Release June 18, 2010 (Limited)
Cast Julia Sweeney, Irvin Kershner, Richard Dawkins, Orson Scott Card, Larry Niven
Director Roger Nygard
Genres Documentary
Studio Walking Shadows
Length 94 mins.


Have you ever wondered...Why do we exist? Why are we here and what are we supposed to do about it? What started the Universe, and was it a mistake? Does God exist, and why does He seem so interested in our sex lives?

After exploring the phenomenon of Trekkies, filmmaker Roger Nygard took on The Nature of Existence itself. Nygard brainstormed the toughest questions he could think of, about the meaning of life, and then traveled the world researching each of the world’s philosophies, religions, and belief systems –interviewing spiritual leaders, scholars, scientists, artists, pizza chefs, and others who have influenced, inspired, or freaked out humanity.

Nygard’s travels highlight the words of such luminary figures as Indian Holy Man Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (The Art of Living), evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins (The God Delusion), Chinese Taoist Master Zhang Chengda, Stanford physicist Leonard Susskind (co-discoverer of String Theory), wrestler Rob Adonis (Founder of Ultimate Christian Wrestling), confrontational evangelist Brother Jed Smock, novelist Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game), film director Irvin Kershner (Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), Stonehenge Druids Rollo Maughfling & King Arthur Pendragon, and many more…

Combining an investigative approach to the spiritual with a humorous edge, Nygard offers a challenging, funny, and enlightening view to one of humanity’s most universal quests, as the most important journey we ever take may be the journey to find meaning in our own existence.

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