Successful Special Premiere Screenings of ’The Divided Brain’ in Canada, the U.S. and UK
’The film one half of your brain doesn’t want you to see’ distributed by ZDF Enterprises
Mainz, July 8th, 2019
The documentary film ’The Divided Brain’, based on Dr. Iain McGilchrist’s acclaimed book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World was celebrated at various special screenings in London, Washington and Toronto. The screenings attracted prominent people in government, media ,medicine and academia.They were followed by celebrated guest speakers such as Dr. Norman Doidge, author of the most popular brain book of all time, ‘The Brain That Changes Itself’, and Dr. Jordan Peterson, the author of ‘Twelve Rules for Life’, and one of the most sought-after speakers on the planet.
Some audience reactions:
I thought the film terrific, as clearly did the packed audience. You managed to keep our interest rapt in a complex, abstract thought, which is a tremendous achievement for a documentary of that length. Bouquets to you and all your team.
- Nicholas Shakespeare, British novelist and biographer, Six Minutes in May: how Churchill unexpectedly became Prime Minister
’The Divided Brain’ is a very powerful documentary that has not shied from including critical voices. It conveys, with great clarity and conviction, the immeasurable dangers of the colonisation of the brain by the left-brain hemisphere.
- Sunil Kumar, PhD, former dean, London School of Economics and Political Science.
A fascinating documentary which filled me with admiration for the amazingly rich and amusingly imaginative human brain. It seems we are not in a blessed moment in history where the importance of each side of the brain balanced the other. I believe in the world’s desire for survival; hopefully the world will make the right choices.
-Leslie Caron, Academy Award nominee (’Gigi’, ‘An American in Paris’)
This unusual science documentary ‘The Divided Brain’ (1 × 50’ or 1 × 80’) explores one of the most audacious and controversial scientific theories of our time: is there an imbalance in our brain hemispheres that is affecting how we deal with large problems in our society? Unlike old pop-psychology beliefs, we now understand that both hemispheres are involved in most functions. However, the way they perceive reality is very different. The left hemisphere has given us science, literacy, and technology, while it cannot feel empathy for others or connect with nature. But neuroscientist and psychiatrist Dr Iain McGilchrist argues that, over centuries, the values of the left hemisphere have slowly been gaining influence in society. Acclaimed British actor John Cleese, known from Monty Python, is one of the contributors and a big supporter of the documentary.
‘The Divided Brain’ takes the viewer on a mind-altering journey to explore evidence of McGilchrist’s radical idea. It may be the film one half of your brain doesn’t want you to see.
‘The Divided Brain’ is produced by Divided Brain Media / Matter of Fact Media, in association with CBC’s documentary Channel, Rogers Telefund, Canada Media Fund, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, Canadian Heritage, Ontario Media Development Corporation. The distribution in continental Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia is handled by ZDF Enterprises. The film’s website is thedividedbrain.com.
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