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Changing Minds at Concord High School

Changing Minds at Concord High School

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Changing Minds at Concord High School

Changing Minds at Concord High School

Video Library Digital

05/19/2015

30 minutes

857063005073LD

DVD (Public Performance Rights Included)

05/19/2015

1 DVD

30 minutes

857063005073P

DVD

05/19/2015

1 DVD

30 minutes

857063005073

Description:

Concord is a transfer school - a last chance high school for at-risk teens. Most students have experienced tremendous challenges in life. They don't believe that change for them is really possible. This film follows them as they participate in a semester-long mindfulness program. The twist here is that the students both help to film the experience and conduct a scientific study - of their classmates! - comparing the effects of mind-training with that of a placebo group. Working as research assistants with scientists from Harvard and Hunter College, they ask: Could three minutes of mindfulness practice a day change their lives? Says one reformed skeptic: 'Even though you can't control most of what happens in life, you can change your mind.' 'I'm not a quitter,' another agrees.

Quotes:

...This film captures a process in which young people have been given the tools to change their own brains, and therefore change their prospects in life. It is thrilling to witness the break-through moments, and I'm pleased...to provide such a meaningful film a platform at the Rubin Museum of Art., Tim McHenry, , Producer Rubin Museum of Art

...I loved the changes I witnessed in the kids and was heartened to see the results, but mostly I was thrilled to witness the simple power of silence to reconnect us to ourselves... It's a great gift that you made this film... I hope it is widely disseminated., Bruce Joel Rubin, , Academy award-winning writer of the film Ghost

One of the traumas of modern education is that we vastly underestimate the potential of the mind to transform and flourish. Our mind can be our best friend and our worst enemy. The film Changing Minds documents an innovative contemplative science program...that illustrates and responds to this challenge., Mathieu Ricard, , Author, Photographer, Buddhist Monk

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