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Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality

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Patrick Shen

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About the Movie

Narrated by Gabriel Byrne (Usual Suspects, Vanity Fair, Miller's Crossing), this seven-time Best Documentary award-winning film (Silver Lake Film Festival, Beverly Hills Film Festival) is the most comprehensive and mind-blowing investigation of humankind's relationship with death ever captured on film. Hailed by many viewers as a "life-transformational film," Flight from Death uncovers death anxiety as a possible root cause of many of our behaviors on a psychological, spiritual, and cultural level. Following the work of the late cultural anthropologist, Ernest Becker, and his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Denial of Death, this documentary explores the ongoing research of a group of social psychologists that may forever change the way we look at ourselves and the world. Over the last twenty-five years, this team of researchers has conducted over 300 laboratory studies, which substantiate Becker's claim that death anxiety is a primary motivator of human behavior, specifically aggression and violence. Flight from Death features an all-star cast of scholars, authors, philosophers, and researchers including Sam Keen, Robert Jay Lifton, Irvin Yalom, and Sheldon Solomon culminating in a film that is "not only thought-provoking but also entertaining and put together with a lot of class" (Eric Campos, Film Threat). Three years in the making and beautifully photographed in eight different countries, Flight from Death is "a stimulating, ultimately life-affirming film, filled with big ideas and revelatory footage" (Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times). Noted author of Guerrilla PR, Michael Levine, called it "One of the best films of the year. Period."


Customer Reviews


A fantastic look at what most of us spend our entire lives ignoring - the fact that we are all going to die.

Thought provoking, shocking, entertaining and will resonate with you long after the credits are done rolling.

I was so moved by this movie that I talked about it and the subject matter with friends and family for weeks after. And isn't that what good art is supposed to do? Leave you with a thirst for more conversation and inspire exploration?

I can't wait to see what these film makers do next.

Paradigm Destroying

This movie is definitely worth the rental money. Incredibly thought-provoking and presented in a compassionate way.

Great concept, but repetitive near the end.

The premise of this documentary is great and the experts have strong and convincing evidence of their theory. The first half is great in terms of explaining their theory, but the argument loses momentum and doesn't become any more complex during the second half of the movie. Worth watching, but not as great as some reviews said it would be.

Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality
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  • $11.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2005

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