persona film has produced several movies about mindfulness. All movies are produced in cooperation with Chief Medical Officer and mindfulness researcher Lone Overby Fjorback, leader of the Danish Center for Mindfulness at the University of Aarhus.
Other partners are: Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Schools, Richard Davidson and Daniel Siegel.
Healthy habits of mind (41 min.)
With increased number of students in the classes in elementary school, the focus on children’s well being is more important than ever. Children often move in environments with high levels of external stimuli. Not just in school , but also at home with computer, TV, cell phones, small and large game consoles. Every fifth child is in Denmark is affected by Stress, which has important implications for learning and it is a problem for the social climate and learning environment.
Healthy Habits of Mind shows how kindergarteners at Oxford Elementary School in Berkeley, California are introduced to mindfulness during their school day. The students are taught mindful listening, mindful eating, mindful movement, and yoga by their classroom teacher. The film peeks into this course, taught by Mindful Schools Program Directors Megan Cowan and Chris McKenna. The movie also features leading neuroscientist Dr. Richard Davidson explaining how mindfulness affects brain function, and Megan explaining how mindfulness helps in schools.
This documentary shows a wide range of options for simple mindfulness exercises that can be integrated into other activities in kindergarten and preschool. And it shows examples of best practice with exercises tailored to children aged 4-7: in shorter intervals and where play and movement are integrated.
WORKING WITH PRESENCE IN PRESCHOOL (21 min.)
The film follows the children in a Preschool in Denmark, who will attend school next year. The teachers have the last three years, worked structured with presence, slowness and immersion. The children get during the day breaks doing breathing exercises or artistic work. The Teachers can see that it helps the children to calm down. Presence and immersion does not come by itself in an institution – it requires conscious work of teachers.
Ongoing project about adolescence, stress, stress mechanisms and mindfulness. We follow a group of young people aged 15 to 20 as they undergo an eight-week MBSR program. There will be interview clips with the young people, with brain researcher Daniel Siegel, who has researched teen brains and stress, and youth researcher Niels Ulrik Sørensen, Aalborg University.
We want to show that stress can be handled and be prevented and that the brain in adolescence has a large capacity that can be strengthened by methods such as mindfulness training. It is expected to be completed mid-2017.
Mindful medicin (59 min.)
Research shows that mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an effective method to prevent stress, anxiety and depression. Many also feel that the method leads to improved quality of life and well-being. ” Mindful Medicine ” follows a MBSR group of eight weeks. Participants of the course have different backgrounds and reasons for participating . We follow three main participants – Rikke, Marlene and David. Rikke has BDS – bodily distress syndrome and struggling especially with fatigue and depression. Marlene has stress and migraine and David would like live more balanced. During the course they all discover new sides of themselves and we get a glimpse of that meditation is hard work – and sometimes can be frustrating. But the method opens a perhaps hidden way into a sense of community, connectedness and an opportunity to contain conflicting emotions.
Lone Fjorback is the MBSR teacher in the film. She is a consultant at the Aarhus University Hospital, conducts research and mindfulness treatment , and is the Director of Education at the Danish Center for Mindfulness at Aarhus University. In the film there are interviews with the founder of MBSR and professor of medicine Jon Kabat – Zinn and neuroscientist, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, and founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, Richard J Davidson. The film is aimed at all those with an interest in mindfulness and considering participating in an MBSR course.
“Mindful Medicine” is produced by Mette Bahnsen, Persona Film, with financial support from TrygFonden. Persona film has since 2001 produced educational films, documentaries, ethnographic films for museums , hospitals, schools and universities. Mette Bahnsen has previously made films about mindfulness for children and educational films for schools and psychiatry.
ONLINE MBSR (Danish Language)
This online course is a complete Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course, developed by Chief Physician Lone Overby Fjorback, totalling nine weeks. ONLINE MBSR consists of eight sessions of one and a half to two hours duration and a contemplation session of 6 hours.
Each session contains a number of simply structured points consisting of video clips, text and audio clips, as you follow point by point.