Aware title Blue Skies Monica Gagliano - hand with fern Richard Boothby and Mary Cosimano psilocybin study Matthieu Ricard and Mingyur Rinpoche Monica Gagliano at ocean Turtle with bubble Monica Gagliano in cave Roland Griffiths in bubbles

What is consciousness? Is it in all living beings? Why are we predisposed for mystical experience? And what happens when we die?

AWARE follows six brilliant researchers approaching the mystery from radically different perspectives, opening as a science film but emerging beyond the explicable.

A Documentary by Frauke Sandig & Eric Black, 102 min., Germany / USA


Richard Boothby
Monica Gagliano
Roland R. Griffiths
Christof Koch
Josefa Kirvin Kulix
Matthieu Ricard

Mary Cosimano
Justine Fritz

Special Guest:
Mingyur Rinpoche

Director of Photography



Franziska von Berlepsch
Rune Schweitzer


Zoë Keating
David Hykes
Jörg Seibold

Sound Design

Niklas Kammertöns

Sound Mix

Martin Grube

Color Grading

Matthias Behrens

Consultant and Support

Sven Heußner

Line Producer

Brigit Mulders

Commissioning Editor ZDF/3sat

Nicole Baum

Consulting Producer ITVS

Noland Walker

Produced by Frauke Sandig Umbrella Films and Eric Black in co-production with Hanfgarn & Ufer Filmproduktion and ZDF/3sat. Funding was provided by BKM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH, FFA, DFFF, the EVOLVE FOUNDATION and the Independent Television Service (ITVS) with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

World Sales: New Docs
Theatrical Distribution Germany: Piffl Medien GmbH

AWARE is the second film in the Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth Trilogy.