Shining Soul: Helen Keller's Spiritual Life & Legacy Video
Shining Soul: Helen Keller's Spiritual Life & Legacy

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Shining Soul: Helen Keller's Spiritual Life & Legacy (2006)

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Time magazine named Helen Keller one of the 20th century’s top heroes and icons. Shining Soul examines Helen Keller's rich spiritual life and the influence she received from the writings of 18th century philosopher Emanuel Swedenborg, which inspired her personal life, her literary career, her humanitarian contributions, and other aspects of her extraordinary life.

Includes commentary by Jean Houston, Erik Weihenmayer, Kim Nielsen, Oliver Sacks, MD, Roger Shattuck, Jim Junge, Ray Silverman, Jonathan Rose, Carl Augusto and Heather Whitestone McCallum.

James Naughton (Narrator), Ronnie Farer (Helen Keller & Annie Sullivan reader), Craig Davenport (male voice reader), Rachel Cowley (Helen Keller re-enactress), Becky Smith (Annie Sullivan re-enactress), Cameron Pitcairn (John Hitz re-enactor), Alread Hinkley (Emmanuel Swedenborg re-enactor)
Penny Price

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joxyjules, posted on August 30, 2015

I loved this. And I agree, I have a friend, the amazing wonderful friend who I would love to share this with, she too has been deaf since early childhood.

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rjyogi22, posted on May 13, 2015

I watched this a couple months ago and it had captions available, but now there are none. I was hoping to show this to my mother who is deaf. Please make captions available again. Your video selection is so rich and varied and it should be accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

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laura.putman, posted on April 5, 2015

This movie was wonderful. I have seen a few movies about Helen Keller, but this was the most factual and uplifting. But with this movie and others I am constantly experiencing technical issues. This problem isn't with one, but with each movie and video I've seen. The movies stop, skip and repeat a section sometimes twice then stop again. I refresh and start them over hoping that the problem will cease, but they don't. Unlike the person who commented below, I do have an account and will keep it, hoping that the problems will be resolved.

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jbrand1997, posted on July 14, 2014

I always knew she was an exceptional human being but this elevated her to a new level. What a beautiful soul.

ConstanceEO, posted on May 4, 2014

A transformative experience. Helen Keller transcended her physical handicaps through a richly developed spirituality. Her heart and soul were free and limitless! Love this movie!

jamail4, posted on May 1, 2014

This was wonderful. Very Inspiring and loving.

stevenB4, posted on February 22, 2014

This was a beautiful and wonderful movie ...very inspirational. I have a daughter who is deaf. Is this available with closed captioning?

lharcrick, posted on December 6, 2013

A fantastic seeing this over and's so beautifully inspiring!!!

lharcrick, posted on April 13, 2012

What I remember most is the idea Helen inspired was "To choose life and not its opposite" and "To choose is to be creative." And to be of service that best helps humanity is all in the sharing with others. I want to share this with everyone on Facebook.

lharcrick, posted on April 13, 2012

This is one great movie I will certainly treasure. It was full of so much inspirational thoughts and new research coming out now that I never even knew about this amazing woman. I want to read more about her through the writings of all these people in this movie. Thank you for this.

Tommi, posted on March 29, 2012

What a shining soul! Someone who emanated the light of goodness yet could not with the physical eyes see light. All of humanity has been uplifted by her gift of inner vision.

SuzannaB@Gaia, posted on March 29, 2012

Lovely quote from this documentary:
"If I can write what my soul thinks, then it will be visible, and the words will be its body." - Helen Keller

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