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Free the Mind

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Brain scientist Professor Richard Davidson sets up his mind to conduct an unusual experiment: He will teach American war veterans and children meditation and yoga. Can veterans through meditation and yoga ease their pain and nervous system, find happiness and be more peaceful and get back to a life more like the one they had before the war?

Actors: Richard Davidson , Travis Leanna , Emma Seppala , John Osborne , Deborah Alagna
Directors: Phie Ambo
Release: 2013-05-03
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  • Gary Goldstein

    There's something healing about simply watching Free the Mind, Danish filmmaker Phie Ambo's gentle, compassionate documentary.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Loren King

    Though perhaps more suited to PBS or classrooms than to movie screens, the documentary is engrossing and just may encourage more people to look less to pharmacology for answers and more within.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rob Humanick

    Phie Ambo deftly captures her subjects' sense of paranoia and helplessness without encroaching on their brave candor.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    Ms. Ambo communicates the notion of compassion and calm as something teachable, but perhaps feeling already convinced, she’s less ambitious as a filmmaker about taking her subject and her portraits to another level.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Inkoo Kang

    Ambo's argument is frayed by her arbitrary recommendations of meditation as a panacea for unrelated psychological difficulties. Even more baffling, the director neglects to define this culturally and geographically variable practice with any exactitude.

    Village Voice Full Review
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