FMTV - Free The Mind

Free The Mind

Runtime: 79m 24s | Release date: 2012

More American soldiers commit suicide after they return from war than are being killed in the war. Most of the war veterans suffer from PTSD. Steve is one of the proud American veterans who just returned from Afghanistan. He was an interrogator and very good at his job. Now, back home, he suffers from sleepless nights and a bad conscience because of all the terrible things he did during the war.

He has a lot of anger and fear for the future, and is struggling to be a good father for his two-year-old twins. 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? By studying Buddhist monks, Richard Davidson has found that it is possible to rewire your brain through meditation. Some of the effects are that you become more altruistic, compassionate and happy. But Richard Davidson also wants to study how early in life you can start, using the same methods of meditation and yoga, in an experiment with children with ADHD.

Davidson sets up his experiment and chooses the veterans for the experiment. We are following Steve, the ex-interrogator, and Rich who was a very successful leader for battalions in Iraq and Afghanistan. He feels responsible for not being able to save his friends that were killed during the war. Rich becomes more and more closed up and can't tell his wife about his memories. Through the film, we experience what meditation does to human beings and we investigate, if we, by using other methods than taking medicine to ease our pain, can get less stressful, and become happier.


Richard Davidson
Emma Seppala
John Osborne
Deborah Alagna
Stephen J. Lee
Ayumi Lee
Richard Low&
Ryan McCarney
Will Fortune
Sara Fortune
Chris Fortune
Laura Pinger
Charity Hohlstein


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Isabelle Wilson | 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Amazing breakthrough! Love the paralel done with the little boy. So much hope . Very inspirational. Thank you for a wonderful documentary.
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Thank you for watching, Isabelle :) ~ Pauline@FMTV
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Jackie Roberts | 8 months, 2 weeks ago
I really liked this...have had a lot of experience with PTSD with my Dad when growing up. Breaks my heart for them...but it was so hopeful to know that meditation can help. I think it is a 5 star!
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Karelle | FMTV | 8 months, 2 weeks ago
Sending you our love, Jackie! ❤️ ~ Karelle
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Norma Patrizia Aguayo | 9 months ago
How inspiring. I need to find a meditation course! 💜
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Pauline Balidiong | FMTV | 9 months ago
Hello Norma :) Thanks for the feedback! You may want to check some meditation videos here :) ~ Pauline
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Mary Loman | 2 years, 5 months ago
Wonderful and helpful. I'd add a 5-star rating if I knew how to do that. :)
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 5 months ago
Thank you, Mary! We're so pleased to hear that from you :) ~ Iris
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Stephanie Zuniga | 2 years, 6 months ago
loved this and I believe this to be true. Great job!
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Regina Scudellari | 2 years, 7 months ago
Fascinating,peaceful,hopeful. Makes me wonder what the world would be like if everyone , young and old, had a meditation practice.

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