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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Video Project
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 79 mins
Country of Origin: US / Denmark
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2013
Available in French: No

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
 “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

“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


Awards:

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



Links:
richardjdavidson.com/



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