Reviews and Festivals
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)
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.”
“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
Screened at American Psychological Association National Conference
Planete Doc Film Festival
Vancouver International Film Festival
Milwaukee Film Festival
Sedona International Film Festival