One World - The Ocean of Presence

A glimpse into the future of mankind’s consciousness?
Or just a unique ability of one man alone?
Braco is a man from Croatia who has not spoken to the public since 2004. Instead, he stands on a podium and silently looks at the people who stand in front of him in a group. His gaze seems to lift people to a level of consciousness where anything is possible. They report about dramatic life changing experiences…
Braco was awarded a Peace Pole at a United Nations event in New York, 2012.
The deepest levels of physics are converging together with spirituality, bringing forth the same message - We are all Consciousness. The remarkable story of Braco has the potential to awaken something that already exists in all of us.
A Film by Gerald Schank and Slavica Martinovic

  • Gerald Schank and Slavica Martinovic
    Director
  • Fresh.Frames, Cologne (Germany)
    Producer
  • Budjenje, Zagreb (Croatia)
    Producer
  • Josip Grbavac "Braco" (Croatia)
    Starring
  • Rev. Deborah Moldow (United States)
    Starring
  • Naomi Campbell (United Kingdom)
    Starring
  • Drago Plecko (Croatia)
    Starring
  • Prof. Dr. Vladimir Gruden (Croatia)
    Starring
  • Prof. Dr. Dumitru Constantin Dulcan (Romania)
    Starring
  • Prof. Alex Schneider (Switzerland)
    Starring
  • Simon Daum
    Music
  • Gerald Schank
    Director of Photography
  • Philip Cowlishaw and Slavica Martinovic
    Narration
  • Gerald Schank and Slavica Martinovic
    Writer
  • "The Mysterium Braco" by Drago Plecko
    Based on the Book
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 33 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    375,000 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Germany
  • Country of Filming:
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, India, Ireland, Israel, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, United States
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital 2K
  • Aspect Ratio:
    2,35:1
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Awareness Festival, 2019
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    October 12, 2019
    WORLD PREMIERE
    WINNER - Consciousness Award
  • Sydney Indie Film Festival, 2019
    Sydney
    Australia
    October 25, 2019
    AUSTRALIAN PREMIERE
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary Film; WINNER - Best Feel Good Film; NOMINEE - Best Music Score
  • Cosmic Cine Film Festival, 2020
    Munich
    Germany
    April 26, 2020
    EUROPEAN PREMIERE
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary Feature Film
  • Esoteric International Film Festival, 2020
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    August 9, 2020
    RUSSIAN PREMIERE
    WINNER - Best Documentary Feature Film
  • Virgin Spring Cinefest, 2019
    Calcutta
    India
    GOLD AWARD - Best Documentary Film
  • Druk International Film Festival, 2019
    Paro
    Bhutan
    WINNER - Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Top Indie Film Awards, 2019
    Tokyo
    Japan
    NOMINEE - Best Documentary Feature; WINNER - Best Message
  • Mindfield Film Festival, 2019
    Albuquerque, New Mexico
    United States
    WINNER - Platinum Award
  • Calcutta International Cult Film Festival, 2019
    Calcutta
    India
    WINNER - Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Polish International Film Festival, 2019
    Warsaw
    Poland
    FINALIST
  • LIFFT INDIA FILMOTSAV - World Cine Fest, Lonavla, 2019
    Pune, Maharashtra
    India
    FINALIST
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival, 2020
    Toronto
    Canada
    WINNER - Best Documentary Feature Film
  • BRAZIL CINEFEST, 2020
    Rio de janeiro
    Brazil
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival, 2020
    Tokyo
    Japan
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • Beach Cities Inspirational Film Festival, 2020
    San Clemente, California
    United States
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
  • First Hermetic International Film Festival (FHIFF), 2020
    Venice
    Italy
    OFFICIAL SELECTION
Distribution Information
  • PANTARay.tv - Maik Burghardt & Steffen Höfer
    Distributor
    Country: Germany
    Rights: Video on Demand
  • The Conscious Good TV, LLC - Santa Monica, CA
    Distributor
    Country: United States
    Rights: Video on Demand
Director Biography - Gerald Schank and Slavica Martinovic

After graduating in social pedagogy, Gerald Schank starts an apprenticeship as a camera assistant and sound technician in 1986.
His first work as freelance cinematographer was in 1993 a documentary on Brazilian street kids for German Television (WDR).
The years to come took him to more than 50 countries for cinematographic work on films, such as the award winning short film "Snipers Alley" (2001) and cinema feature film "Mörderischer Frieden" (Lethal Peace, 2007), an anti-war drama filmed in Sarajevo (BiH). In 1999 he founded the production company Fresh.Frames in Cologne and has been producing for tv and advertising agencies ever since.

Slavica Martinovic is a Psychologist (MA, 2010), Autogenic Training Educator (2016) and Yoga Teacher (2017). Her ever-growing interest in human psyche and spirituality led her to film work and interviewing people of various cultures and backgrounds.
Working on the film “One World - The Ocean of Presence” allowed her to speak to people from more than 35 countries about their innermost experiences.

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Director Statement

The first time I heard about Braco was in 2011, when a German filmmaker called me and asked if I could do the camera work for his next project. A film about a Croatian healer who looks at people, but does not speak. "How long should the movie be?" - I asked. One hour. I was full of skepticism: "What will you show for an hour if he does not speak?"
As I was filming, a whole new world opened up and I began to understand that our surroundings are more than what we can hear, touch or see.

Years later I had another encounter with Braco. This time it happened that I was allowed to accompany him on his travels for several years and could make countless conversations with the visitors. I felt that there is a great need in the world, regardless of nationality or confession, for a place where people can be together without fear, hate, envy or sadness. During an encounter, it looks like all differences are just illusions. Visitors were telling me that they feel that when Braco gaze at them, they feel one with the people around them. Some start to cry.

How do you communicate that in a movie? I found an answer in the books of the Croatian scientist Drago Plecko about Braco. There he published quotes from conversations he had had with Braco, which may be a key to understanding for those who wish to delve deeper into the phenomenon. The film project "One World - The Ocean of Presence" was born together with Slavica Martinovic as co-author. With her experience as a psychologist she led many of the conversations with the people in front of the camera.
The movie was completed in May 2019. Two parts have been created with a total length of around 2 hours and 40 minutes, the latter (93 minutes) being intended for an audience that is hearing of Braco for the very first time.