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Monte Grande: What is Life?

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How is it possible for body and mind to exist as an integrated whole? The Chilean neurobiologist Francisco Varela devoted his entire life - from childhood to death to answering this question. The structure of the film is based on Varela's non-linear thinking and focuses on autopoiesis, ethics, consciousness, meditation and dying. The film also includes narrative accounts and reflections from Varela himself, his relatives, leading scientists, friends and thinkers, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Heinz von Foerster (the father of cybernetics), Jean-Pierre Dupuy, Evan Thompson, Anne Harrington, Humberto Maturana, etc. Three key concepts shape the film: the relationship between body and mind (embodiment), the meaning of self-responsibility (autonomy) and spirituality. DVD features include film stop to access additional information, 120 minutes of bonus interviews, topics and places, and the short, "Making Empanadas."

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Varela was one of the great minds and grand souls of our day. MONTE GRANDE carries his spirit for all time. --Daniel Goleman, Psychologist & Author of Emotional Intelligence

A gentle and moving film. It is so refreshing to see a movie that whilst presenting challenging and provocative ideas does so without a hint of aggression. --Leonardo Digital Reviews

In MONTE GRANDE one gets to know Varela in a way that I would not have believed possible. This is the story of a man that is told affectionately and gently, touchingly and astutely. This film succeeds - if only for 80 delightful minutes - in deconstructing the prevailing division between science and art. --Bernhard Pörksen, Professor of Communications Science, University of Hamburg

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  • Actors: Francisco Varela, H.H. Dalai Lama, Humberto Maturana
  • Directors: Franz Reichle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: July 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UEMA68
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,207 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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