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Captive Minds: Hypnosis and Beyond ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB521129
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Mark Zannis, David Wilson, Adam Symansky
Directors:  Pierre Lasry
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Issues
Language:  English
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1983
Running Time:  55:40


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From stage hypnosis to group and individual therapies and long-term conditioning, Captive Minds: Hypnosis and Beyond explores the power of suggestion and its ability to influence behaviour--sometimes for life. By focusing on such disparate institutions as an Indian ashram, a United States Marines training camp, a monastery, and the Moonie cult, the film reveals the striking similarities in the indoctrination methods each uses to achieve long-term effects. It is a film that serves as a reminder that we are all vulnerable to persuasion, and one that provokes serious consideration of the far-reaching implications of any form of psychological manipulation.



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