Captive minds: hypnosis and beyond

Canada, 1983

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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. Awards: San Francisco; Montreal



Pierre Lasry


Adam Symansky

David Wilson

Mark Zannis

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National Film Board of Canada







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