Unity is a feature-length documentary film scheduled for release in 2009. It is written and directed by Shaun Monson, who also wrote and directed the film Earthlings. Unity continues the theme established by Monson in Earthlings of the interrelation of animals, nature, and humankind.
Monson said, "Unity presents an understanding of the world that doesn’t rely on opposites - us and them, human and nonhuman, war and peace, rich and poor, this and that, is and isn’t, etc., hence the title. It’s challenging for humans to see and embrace unity when we’ve been trained quite differently, but there are encouraging signs indicating we’re ready to explore a new way of perceiving one another."
Unity was also recorded as an audiobook read by Monson. The film and the audiobook are divided into chapters for body, mind, heart, and soul. The audiobook is an unabridged version of the Unity script and is about 300 minutes long.
Advanced praise for Unity
“As a boy studying Buddhism in Tibet, I was taught the importance of a caring attitude towards others. Such a practice of non-violence applies to all sentient beings – any living thing that has a mind. No sentient beings want pain, instead all want happiness and we all share these feelings at some basic level. Therefore, as Unity makes clear, because of our interdependence, the more we care for others’ well-being, whether we are concerned with human beings, animals or the environment itself, the deeper will be our own fulfillment.” His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso
“With fierce directness and wisdom, Shaun Monson’s Unity speaks to us not only about our interconnectedness with all Life, but also our mandate to consciously realize this oneness beyond the ego’s deceptive illusion of separation. Now is the time, here is the place, and we are the people.” Rev. Michael Beckwith, founder of Agape International Spiritual Center, author of Spiritual Liberation: Fulfilling Your Soul’s Purpose
“The way you look at the world, yourself, and others can never be the same. Unity will have a profound and lasting effect on your soul.” (Rory Freedman, co-author, Skinny Bitch)