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Hunting for Hedonia

Pernille Rose Grønkjær, 90 min

Denmark, 2019

Hunting for Hedonia

Does happiness live in the brain? And can depression be cured with electrodes? A Danish film about the mysteries of the brain asks the big questions.

The brain is one of the great mysteries of modern medicine. We know more about what we don't know when it comes to our most complex organ. Our knowledge of the brain, however, is growing fast and so are the fields of psychiatry and pharmaceuticals. And now we are (maybe!) approaching a point where we can not only cure depressions, but can actually increase happiness and maybe even improve our brains through technology. The question is whether we should do something, just because we can? And who decides what is normal? The so-called Deep Brain Stimulation was first developed back in the 1960s, but has since been left in the cold by an increasingly politicised research environment. Now, it is back, and in the meantime technology has caught up with the visions. Pernille Rose's film with a screenplay by the science journalist Lone Frank looks at this development and asks the big questions - and lets the brightest minds answer them. A thought-provoking film, in every sense of the word.

Director: Pernille Rose Grønkjær
Country: Denmark
Year: 2019
Running time: 90 min
Dialogue: English, German
Category: Science
Tags: Technology Health Psychology
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Producer: Sigrid Dyekjær
Production Company: Danish Documentary
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