2012. Ambo. 8o min. Denmark. Color
Free the Mind is the fantastic tale of how one man’s vision provides a turning point in the lives of three people.
Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2006, Professor Richard Davidson is one of the world’s leading researchers of the human brain. By studying the practices of Tibetan monks and other meditative techniques, Dr. Davidson found that it is possible to rewire the brain through meditation and mental training exercises. He sets out to discover if, and how, it is possible to physically change the brain using only the power of thought.
Steve and Rich are just two out of thousands of American war veterans. Their lives have turned into painful nightmares; restless insomniacs tormented by their own consciences after events witnessed and deeds done during wartime.
Will, 5 years old, suffers from ADHD and anxiety. His parents are eager to try other options than those provided by traditional medicine.
Can Professor Richard Davidson make a difference? Can he free these people from their miserable existences and help them lead ordinary lives? Free the Mind follows the three test subjects on a daring journey into the deepest recesses of the human mind.
“Grips your heart from the first moment ...a great and beautiful film. Visually Brilliant.” -- Film Comment
“Artistically crafted. Riveting. Engrossing.” - Filmmaker Magazine
"My main interest is promoting ethics without touching religion. Ethics are universal values. We must find a way to promote the basic human values in a secular way without touching religion. In order to do this, the scientific findings are very, very convincing and Richard’s work is very helpful in this field. Sometimes I call him guru of science!"
– His Holiness the Dalai Lama
"Phie Ambo, the director of Free the Mind is an extraordinary documentary film maker and through the process of her work, I came to see our own work featured in the film in entirely new and inspiring ways. This documentary has enormous potential to influence many segments of our culture and powerfully illustrates the promise of simple methods derived from contemplative traditions that have been around for more than 2000 years in promoting well-being.”
-Dr. Richard Davidson