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Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality (2003)

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Flight from Death is the first film to investigate the psychological The effects of death anxiety are embedded within everything we do across Flight from Death is the culmination of many years of research and



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Credited cast:
Sam Keen ...
Himself - Author and philosopher
Ron Leifer ...
Himself - Psychiatrist
Robert Jay Lifton ...
Merlyn Mowrey ...
Herself - Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Central Michigan University
Sheldon Solomon ...
Himself - Professor of Psychology, Skidmore College
Perrin Sprecace ...
Original Narration (voice)
Irvin D. Yalom ...
Himself - Existential Psychotherapist


Narrated by Gabriel Byrne (Usual Suspects, Vanity Fair, Miller's Crossing), this seven-time Best Documentary award-winning film (Silver Lake Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival) is the most comprehensive and mind-blowing investigation of humankind's relationship with death ever captured on film. Hailed by many viewers as a "life-transformational film," Flight from Death uncovers death anxiety as a possible root cause of many of our behaviors on a psychological, spiritual, and cultural level. Following the work of the late cultural anthropologist, Ernest Becker, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Denial of Death, this documentary explores the ongoing research of a group of social psychologists that may forever change the way we look at ourselves and the world. Over the last twenty-five years, this team of researchers has conducted over 300 laboratory studies, which substantiate Becker's claim that death anxiety is a primary motivator of human behavior, specifically aggression ... Written by Anonymous

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Professor Sheldon Solomon: Ultimately most armed conflicts are ideological in nature. Sure there's political and economic issues. We don't want to want to be simple-minded about that and yet, when you look at most of the protracted conflicts that often go over the course of centuries or thousands of years what you find is that they invariably come down to a people who deny the right of other folks to even exist and our argument would be that that's because people are psychologically intolerant of other individuals that ...
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an excellent documentary
9 October 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Flight from death is a "must see" documentary. I saw it three times since i've received the DVD last week and each time i discover new aspects. Images are beautiful and the commentary (narrated by Gabriel Byrne) are just outstanding. Before seeing it, i was a little bit anxious to see how they can translate in a documentary the rather complex thought of Ernest Becker. As a reader of Becker's books for many years i can tell that Patrick Sean and Greg Bennick had done a really good job. Each important parts of Becker's understanding of the impact of death anxiety on human behavior are explored and very well explained. I understand now why this documentary won seven prizes. Please do not hesitate to buy this DVD you won't regret it!

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