A New Documentary Film
WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE
David Hinshaw, Producer/Director
It goes by many names, but the idea has remained the same for millennia: there is life after death.
The existence of an afterlife has been the centerpiece of all the world’s religious systems since time began. Individual human experience and entire civilizations are driven by the fear of death and the desire for immortality, and many religions were created specifically to address this basic human drive.
Doubt about the existence of an afterlife has played only a minor role until recent times, when spirituality and mysticism started to take second place next to science and logic. But despite the conflicts between science and spirit, descriptions of life in other dimensions show surprising similarities across cultures that are unconnected by physical location, historical time and embedded knowledge. What causes these similarities? How did civilizations on opposite sides of the planet come up with similar myths and mystical visions about the spiritual realm? How did they acquire their information about the afterlife?
Until recently, scholarly research on the subject was considered to be pseudoscience. Most investigators assumed that Carl Jung, the great psychologist and explorer of the human psyche, explained it via his concept of the collective unconscious… a depository of experiences, ideas and images that inform our behaviors and beliefs. But the detailed investigation of Gregory Shushan, PhD suggests otherwise.
Dr. Shushan proposes that concepts of the afterlife were developed as the result of out-of-body experiences reported by people who’d died and been resuscitated. For thousands of years these experiences have been chronicled in spiritual texts and literature worldwide, suggesting that images of the world beyond death are not fictitious or fanciful, but are, in fact, quite real, based on reports from people who have been there. The fact that these experiences are so similar implies that our information about the afterlife is supported by first-hand experience, and provides evidence that consciousness survives after physical death.
The proposed documentary will present historical information on locations and reports of similarities in various beliefs throughout the world and throughout history. It will raise intriguing questions about how these beliefs originated and whether they spread through world-of-mouth, or were experienced directly by individuals in different cultures and at different times in history. These questions build the necessary tension to keep the viewer involved, and the conclusion will present Dr. Shushan’s proof that near-death experiences are the foundation for the similarities in afterlife images from one religious system to the next. This film represents a major, advancing step in contemporary afterlife discourse among the fields of science, theology, mythology and archaeology. Visiting locales and historical sites, interviewing current thinkers and scholars in various fields, and telling the story of Dr. Shushan’s personal journey will make this a film for multiple platforms and audiences.