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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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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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super insightful movie!
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i saw this movie at the silver lake film festival and wasn't quite sure what to expect going into it but the film was thought provoking and superbly entertaining. it actually ended up winning the best documentary award at the festival and i couldn't agree more with that. i have not been able to stop thinking about this movie and have since read Denial of Death the book on which the film is based. it's an important film that everyone should see. the ideas and the way they are packaged both in the book and the film really have a way of changing the way you think and look at the world. not many films have that kind of power.


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