Psychology

Exit Through the Gift Shop

"I don't think Tierry played but the rules in some ways, but then there aren't supposed to be any rules so I don't really know what the moral is. I mean, I always used to encourage everyone I met to make art or I used to think that everyone should do it. I don't really do that so much anymore." -Banksy Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film is a film which tells the story of Thierry Guetta, a French immigrant in Los Angeles, and his obsession with street art. It is presented as a documentary, but reviewers have questioned its factuality. The film charts Guetta's constant documenting of his every moment on film, to his chance contact with his ...

Status Anxiety

"The past two hundred years in the West have seen staggering increases in wealth and economic opportunity, and yes, there have been no comparable increases in our level of happiness. Despite being so much richer than a few generations ago, we’re often more anxious about our importance and achievements than our grandparents were. I call this modern state of restlessness and dissatisfaction, ‘status anxiety’." We care about our status for a simple reason: because most people tend to be nice to us according to the amount of status we have (it is no coincidence that the first question we tend to be asked by new acquaintances is ‘ What do you do?’). With the help of philosophers, artists ...

Weather Underground, The

"I think that part of the Weathermen phenomena that was right was our understanding of what the position of the United States is in the world. It was this knowledge that we just couldn't handle, it was too big, we didn't know what to do. In a way, I still don't know what to do with this knowledge. I don't know what needs to be done now and it's still eating at me just as it did 30 years ago." -Mark Rudd Fueled by outrage over racism and the Vietnam War, the Weather Underground waged a low-level war against the government throughout much of the 1970s—bombing the Capitol building, breaking Timothy Leary ...

Return of the Scorcher

"I think in a lot of different contexts, the bicycle is really a liberating type of vehicle. Historically, it was one of the first ways in which women ventured out to society on their own without men. It's a way the developing world, for people who can't afford an automobile, which is the vast majority of the population, a way for them to get around without having to wait around for a bus that may or may not come." -Marcia Lowe This half-hour documentary looks at bike culture and bike lifestyles around the world with beautiful and inspiring scenes of bike use filmed in China, The Netherlands, Denmark, and the U.S. In the 1890's, before automobiles ruled the roads, bicyclists were referred ...

How Does Your Memory Work?

"Remembering feels very simple, we just do it. It's like breathing. Just like you don't know how you breathe, you don't know how you remember." You might think that your memory is there to help you remember facts, such as birthdays or shopping lists. If so, you would be very wrong. The ability to travel back in time in your mind is, perhaps, your most remarkable ability, and develops over your lifespan. Horizon takes viewers on an extraordinary journey into the human memory. From the woman who is having her most traumatic memories wiped by a pill, to the man with no memory, this film reveals how these remarkable human stories are transforming our understanding of this unique human ability. The findings reveal ...

AFOL: A Blocumentary

"You just have to find your passion and do it. Life's short. Take your time. When you find something you love to do, do it. Don't save up for it. Don't put it off til you have more time to do it. Get involved. Do it." Passion combines with creativity in this documentary that features a selection of AFOLs (Adult Fans Of LEGO) from the Pacific NorthWest. (Except from website)

Iron Wall, The

"Zionist colonization must either stop, or else proceed regardless of the native population. Which means that it can proceed and develop only under the protection of a power that is independent of the native population - behind an IRON WALL, which the native population cannot breach." –Vladimir Jabotinsky From that day these words became the official and unspoken policy of the Zionist movement and later the state of Israel. Settlements were used from the beginning to create a Zionist foothold in Palestine. After 1967 and the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, the aim of the settlement movement became clear - create facts on the ground and make the creation of a Palestinian state impossible. Thirty nine years of occupation and ...

Corporation, The

"One of the questions that comes up periodically is to what extent could a corporation be considered to be psychopathic. And if we look at a corporation as a legal person, that it may not be that difficult to actually draw the transition between psychopathy in the individual to psychopathy in the corporation." –Dr. Robert Hare Provoking, witty, stylish and sweepingly informative, THE CORPORATION explores the nature and spectacular rise of the dominant institution of our time. Part film and part movement, The Corporation is transforming audiences and dazzling critics with its insightful and compelling analysis. Taking its status as a legal "person" to the logical conclusion, the film puts the corporation on the psychiatrist's couch to ask "What kind of ...

N is a Number: A Portrait of Paul Erdös

"I do not know what I may appear to the world; but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me." —Sir Isaac Newton A man with no home and no job, Paul Erdös was the most prolific mathematician who ever lived. Born in Hungary in 1913, Erdös wrote and co-authored over 1,500 papers and pioneered several fields in theoretical mathematics. At the age of 83 he still spent most of his time on the road, going from math meeting to math meeting, continually working on problems. He ...

Female Orgasm Explained, The

"Desire is essential to achieve orgasm. It's neurological. When you have a strong desire for someone, your brain releases a hormone, dopamine, which increases pleasure." The sexual revolution of the 70s allowed women to claim their right to pleasure and to better know their body. However, thirty years later, female orgasm remains a mystery to many men and women. In this documentary, women speak openly of their experience. Their testimonies are accompanied by analyses from psychoanalysts and sex therapists who describe, with supporting sketches and videos, sexual pleasure in all its forms. (Excerpt from main website)