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this is a film that will both educate you and touch your heart
on October 5, 2013
This film weaves two stories at the same time, both equally fascinating. It tells the work and life of Eric Kandel, who has done a life time of groundbreaking work in memory research. if you want to watch the film, merely to learn the scientific basis of how memory is made; or how long term memory differs from short term memory, then yes, you will learn that in this film. That is explained very clearly, and with easy to see visual proof from the lab. If you actually want to learn about the life of this man, and what happened to him in vienna as a young jewish boy escaping Nazi Germany, then that story is here also. The film is 95 min, so there is adequate time to show him as a researcher, and what he has discovered. And there is time to show him as a remarkable human being, with wit and optimism and sincerity. I was surprised that he was willing to be so honest, and candid while a camera is rolling as he walks around looking into his own memory of places he visited and experiences. I would recommend this film to anyone who has enjoyed an Oliver Sacks book, but wants to go deeper. This is the real deal. He is the person who began the combination of psychotherapy, and neuro biology, showing , proving that the brain is actually changing chemically when you learn and when you remember.