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Free the Mind
Free the Mind
Free the Mind
Item#: FTM-1058
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Running Time: 79 minutes
Scene Selection • Closed Captioned • Special Features
Grades College-Adult
A Film by Phie Ambo

 

Screened at American Psychological Association National Conference

REVIEWS

"Highly recommended. Presents new research and provides important information on the effects of meditation, intensive breathing exercises, and yoga on the pre-frontal cortex region of the brain which controls emotion and intention. It also piques interest in scientific research on meditative practices and the brain."
–Educational Media Reviews Online

"Editor's Choice. Highly Recommended. Will draw anyone that watches it to reflect on the power mindful meditation could have to change ones thoughts, feelings and behavior. It accomplishes this by illustrating the foundation of the research done by psychologist Richard Davidson."
–Science Books and Films (AAAS)

"Recommended. In offering a blend of ages-old contemplative practices with the considerations of modern neuroscience, Davidson challenged the traditional approaches to medical care and psychology, with remarkable results. Free the Mind does an admirable job of explaining complex neuroscience theories...."
–Video Librarian

“Free the Mind qualifies as a pioneering inquiry at the outermost boundaries of neuroscience. The film presents thoughtful, compassionate teachers as heroes while proving, yet again, that we’ve only just begun to unravel the mysteries of the human brain.”
–Seattle Times

“Hopeful and inspiring…There's something healing about simply watching Free the Mind, Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo's gentle, compassionate documentary spotlighting the use of such drug-free options such as meditation and mindfulness to treat anxiety and trauma.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Elegant…beautifully crafted…sheds light on the mysteries of the human mind. The film’s style is a rapt combination of hushed intimacy and gliding elegance.”
– Variety

“Compelling… filled with wonder and questions about humanity and yourself. The parallel storylines coax you into questioning not only the hidden potential of humanity, but the possible applications in your life as well.”
– Toronto Star

“Provides plenty of food for thought in its advocacy of using methods other than endless pharmaceuticals to cure crippling mental disorders.”
–Hollywood Reporter

“Heartfelt… with a painterly appreciation of the human face. Director Phie Ambo approaches these subjects with an almost profound sense of empathy.”
– Rob Humanick, Slant

“A beautiful and compelling film. It captures the sense of confinement that fear brings and the spaciousness that mindfulness promises. It lets us know in a compelling and gentle way that mindfulness can help with fear.”
– Dr. Arnie Kozak, Beliefnet

“Grips your heart from the first moment....a great and beautiful film. Visually Brilliant.”
– Film Comment

 

Official Selection, IDFA
Official Selection, Hot Docs
Official Selection, Planete Doc Film Festival
Official Selection, CPH:DOX
Official Selection, Vancouver International Film Festival
Official Selection, Milwaukee Film Festival
Official Selection, Sedona International Film Festival

 

 

All prices include DVD with limited Public Performance Rights

• K-12, Public Libraries & Social Workers/Local Agencies: $99
• Colleges, Government, Businesses: $295
• Colleges, Government (with DSL): $395



Free the Mind profiles the pioneering work of renowned psychologist Richard Davidson, who, by studying the practices of Tibetan monks and others, found that it is possible to rewire the brain through meditation and mental training exercises.

Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006, Dr. Davidson has dedicated himself to applying this hopeful discovery to improve the lives of people throughout the world. He founded the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin to study whether and how contemplative traditions change our brains and can help people overcome mental trauma and live happier lives.

Filmed at the Center, Free the Mind follows three test subjects on an emotionally-charged journey through life-changing experiments overseen by Dr. Davidson that delve into the deepest recesses of the human mind.

Steve and Rich are American veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are tormented by painful wartime memories. Will is a five-year-old suffering from ADHD and severe anxiety whose parents are eager to find treatment options other than traditional medications. Can Dr. Davidson free these three from their troubled existences and help them lead happier lives?

The film explores the intersection between modern neuroscience and ancient contemplative practices, as well as deeper questions about the nature of consciousness and how it manifests in the brain and body. Animated segments vividly depict the effects on the brain of the techniques being employed, helping viewers understand the complex ideas involved.


SPECIAL FEATURES

Seven short videos:
  • ON DR. RICHARD DAVIDSON
  • DR. DAVIDSON WITH THE DALAI LAMA
  • FREE THE MIND & MECHANICAL LOVE
  • MINDFULNESS & YOGA EXERCISES FOR CHILDREN
  • PANIC ATTACKS
  • CHOOSING WILL
  • VETERANS OPENING UP


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