Les Vues Film Series presents ’The War on Consciousness’

The Les Vues Film Series presents "The War on Consciousness" on Monday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vermilionville Performance Center.

Vermilionville invites the public at large to its free monthly cultural film series, Les Vues, held the last Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Vermilionville Performance Center.

The free film series is curated by filmmakers and enthusiasts, mostly from around the state with films that center around the curator’s interest and can range from features, documentaries, student film, shorts and animation. Following the screenings will be an open discussion between the audience and the curator about the movie and how it applies on a local level.

The Dec. 28 screening will be curated by Laci Lopez, environmental enthusiast and owner of The Vertical Barre in Downtown Lafayette, who will be showing the banned TEDx Talk by Graham Hancock.

Hancock’s talk, “The War on Consciousness” was presented at the TEDx Whitechapel event in London on Jan. 12, 2013. It was removed from TEDx’s Youtube channel only a month after it was posted, after it had accumulated more than 132,000 views. The talk focuses on Hancock’s investigative work into the historical origins of human consciousness, with key insights addressed along the way with his own personal experiences. Hancock makes a contrast between the traditional cultural values and practices centered around visionary states of consciousness with the values and practices of the modern industrial world.

Admission to this showing of “The War on Consciousness” is free, but a suggested $5 donation will go toward screening and curating costs. If time permits following the discussion, Lopez will also show Johann Hari’s TED Talk “Everything You Thought You Knew About Addiction is Wrong.” To find out more about upcoming films, view trailers or for more details visit Vermilionville.org or call (337) 233-4077.

Please note: this TEDx Talk discusses themes that may not be suitable for children under the age of 18, such as the use of hallucinogens as well as the illegal drugs heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a guardian.