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Free the Mind

Original title
Free the Mind
Year
Running time
80 min.
Country
Denmark Denmark
Director
Screenwriter
Phie Ambo, Phie Ambo
Music
Jóhann Jóhannsson
Cinematography
Phie Ambo
Cast
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Producer
Danmarks Radio (DR) / Making Movies Oy / Special Broadcasting Service (SBS)
Genre
Documentary | 1990s
Synopsis / Plot
In 1992 Professor Richard Davidson, one of the world's leading neuroscientists, met the Dalai Lama, who encouraged him to apply the same rigorous methods he used to study depression and anxiety to the study of compassion and kindness, those qualities cultivated by Tibetan meditation practice. The results of Davidson's studies at the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, are portrayed in Free the Mind as they are applied to treating PTSD in returning Iraqi vets and children with ADHD. The film poses two fundamental questions: What really is consciousness, and how does it manifest in the brain and body? And is it possible to physically change the brain solely through mental practices?
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