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'Gripping, timely...The miner narrators take us into the fierce heat of the battle and remind us the struggle for good jobs, livable communities, and dignity for all is far from over. This is an inspiring, beautifully-rendered film of resistance that reveals how today's economic and political crises came to be.' Dorothy Sue Cobble, Distinguished Professor of History and Labor Studies, Rutgers University'A sympathetic and insightful portrait of one of the most important strikes in recent history...Highly recommended.' P. Hall, Video Librarian'Moving and powerful, this movie shows how manipulative political power can be but also how passionate and irresistible the struggle for justice is. It redresses history and proves the neo-liberals are the enemies of democracy.' Nadia Urbinati, Professor of Political Theory, Columbia University'A compelling testament to the power of solidarity...Feminist, LGBT, and Black Power organizations all had a hand in gathering money and supplies...The Enemy Within is not only a compelling account of social struggle, and the methods the miners employed to carry on, but it also serves as an inspiration towards another way of thinking about and conceiving politics.' Riad Azar, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture'By listening to the stories of these miners, our lives and our work can improve...This film could provoke interesting classroom conversations about the power of the people, appropriate power of the state, and the rights given to corporations. Students and community groups can also learn much from this film about tactics for nonviolent activism and its costs and rewards.' Whole Terrain Journal'Vital and valuable...Students and community activists alike can only benefit from revisiting this prolonged clash between a trade union committed to social justice and a government prepared to use excessive force to permanently weaken the voice of labor. The unfinished agenda left to us by those battling miners is one that deserves to be renewed and pursued by a new generation of progressive activists. The Enemy Within can be an effective trigger to that renewal.' David Coates, Professor and Chair, Anglo-American Studies, Wake Forest University, Author, Prolonged Labour: The Slow Birth of New Labour Britain'I can't express enough my admiration for Owen Gower's remarkable film. It moved and inspired me. Everyone - not only in Britain - should see this superb film.' John Pilger, Journalist and Filmmaker'Help[s] us understand the bleak conditions that we face today...If you want to understand how we ended up with the austerity regime that prevails in all industrial countries in the West and in Japan, there are a number of strikes whose outcome would determine economic conditions for decades to come.' Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist'Highly recommended, especially for public and college library and DVD shelves.' The Midwest Book Review'Finally, a documentary as sweeping and dramatic as the momentous strike it chronicles. Narrated by the rank-and-file miners, wives, and supporters who waged it, replete with vivid historical footage, and informed by recently uncovered documentary evidence, this film recounts a turning point defeat for trade unionism that helped usher an era of growing inequality not only in Great Britain but across the West. The struggle between Margaret Thatcher and the miners resonates down to the present day.' Joseph McCartin, Professor of History, Director of the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Georgetown University'Interweaving personal stories with archival clips and reenactment footage, the film follows the miners as they walk off the job...Interesting for providing firsthand accounts of the historic strike, the film highlights the price union members paid for standing up for their beliefs and ideals.' Candace Smith, Booklist'[The film] presents this lived experience economically and with great force, focused intently on faces and voices of men and women as they channel a wide range of decades-old emotions. They exalt in their erstwhile power, reveal sharp personal disappointment at the absence of support from other unions or the Labour Party, and cry as they recall defeat. Particularly memorable is the unanimous conviction that the strike really had stakes and really could have been won.' Tim Barker, Dissent Magazine'A raw and moving portrait of the dispute...showing events from the perspective of those who manned the picket lines.' Jonathan Wright, BBC History Magazine's DVDs of the Year'A powerful story...Seeing the brutal tactics deployed by the government and how the police and media went along with these crimes shocks the viewer. But the response of the miners will empower anyone who watches the film for the hope of a better future.' Dr. Eric Loomis, Assistant Professor of History, University of Rhode Island'This film is important because if we forget what happened during the miners' strike then we are weakening ourselves and disarming ourselves for the future. Let's analyze what happened...Let's make sure we build a strong trade union and labour movement that can prevent another Margaret Thatcher.' Jeremy Corbyn, newly elected Leader of the Labour Party, Member of Parliament for Islington North'A documentary as gripping as any thriller. Thirty years on, the strike looks like a civil war that turned into a siege, during which the insurgents were starved into submission...The Conservative government planned nothing less than the emasculation of union power by abolishing the domestic coal industry, and was quite uninterested in what all those irredeemable non-Tory voters were supposed to do for a living afterwards...Gower's film is a heartfelt tribute to the communities who were hammered by political, not economic, forces. They look bloodied, but unbowed.' Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian'Too few Americans know the story of the 1984-85 British miners' strikeShow more Show less
'Students of biology, science, science history, or organizational theory will delight in discovering this influential thinker and An Ecology of Mind is a great introduction...I am recommending it as a 'must-see' for all community college, college and graduate school science, science education and science history...
'Students of biology, science, science history, or organizational theory will delight in discovering this influential thinker and An Ecology of Mind is a great introduction...I am recommending it as a 'must-see' for all community college, college and graduate school science, science education and science history students, as well as scientists and educators who are interested in a very ancient and completely modern problem: understanding the be...
'Students of biology, science, science history, or organizational theory will delight in discovering this influential thinker and An Ecology of Mind is a great introduction...I am recommending it as a 'must-see' for all community college, college and graduate school science, science education and science history students, as well as scientists and educators who are interested in a very ancient and completely modern problem: understanding the behaviors of complex systems.' Roberta Batorsky, Middlesex County College and Rowan University, American Biology Teacher Magazine'Edwin Land said that people who seem to have had a new idea have often just stopped having an old idea. Gregory Bateson taught us how to stop having the most fundamental old ideas--the static, separating, reductionist fictions that disintegrate an integrated world. Nora Bateson's beautiful portrait of her father's key insights is a stunningly effective antidote for a new generation that now needs his wisdom more than ever.' Amory B. Lovins, Chairman and Chief Scientist, Rocky Mountain Institute, Author, Let the Mountains Talk, Let the Rivers Run: A Call to Save the Earth'A brilliant film about a brilliant thinker...Bateson's ideas are not only still relevant today, they have become even more so as the global world faces challenges of how to bring systems thinking to bear on solutions...I was a student of Bateson's in the late 1970s while he was a scholar in residence at the Lindisfarne Foundation and was finishing his seminal book, Mind and Nature. The experience was extraordinary. This film is the only one I know of that explores the full range of thought and humanity of Gregory Bateson, a giant in the world of systems thinking. I think An Ecology of Mind would be excellent in small classroom or seminar situations in which its showing could be followed by free discussion, because the film works best in generating ideas.' Tyler Volk, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, New York University, Author, Metapatterns Across Space, Time, and Mind'Combining rare footage from Bateson's lectures and interviews with a veritable who's who of thinkers influenced by his thought, this is an intimate and accessible portrait of one of the most original and creative interdisciplinary thinkers of the 20th century. From ecology to information systems, Bateson shows how the central question is not 'What is it made of?' but rather 'What is its pattern?'. To borrow a famous remark about James Joyce, we are still learning to be Gregory Bateson's contemporaries. Let's hope we are fast learners.' Cary Wolfe, Professor of English, Rice University, Author, Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the 'Outside,' and What Is Posthumanism?'An Ecology of Mind is a tender and poetic portrayal not only of one of the most provocative thinkers of the last century but also of a vivid relationship between a daughter and father. It's an introduction to Gregory Bateson's wisest thoughts, a product of a lifetime of innovative research, centering on the issue of how we (humans) think and learn and do research. I imagine it being shown in a classroom...followed by searching discussions.' Hildred Geertz, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, Princeton University, Author, Images of Power: Balinese Paintings made for Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead'A very attractive, well made film which will arouse interest in the work of Gregory Bateson. Students who have not heard of Bateson's work will find the film a helpful introduction to some of his basic ideas. People with a holistic perspective who have struggled with the object-oriented categories of current academic fields will find support for their views and encouragement not to succumb to the perceptual biases of the majority. The general public will find an Eastern style of thought articulated by a Western scientist. People concerned about the impacts of human beings on the environment will find both an analytic and spiritual adviser...An Ecology of Mind is a loving tribute to a revered father and teacher.' Stuart Umpleby, Professor, Department of Management, Director, Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University, Associate Editor, Journal of Cybernetics and Systems'Gregory Bateson revolutionized our understanding of the dynamic relationships in (and between) our human consciousness, our communities and societies, and our ecological systems. His work still challenges and informs us as we create new pathways toward health and resilience in our lives, and in our world. An Ecology of Mind is the first documentary film to explore the life and innovative ideas of this essential thinker. Through this deeply thought-provoking film, we follow Bateson on his remarkable journey toward insight. We discover how his own life experience led him to comprehend the patterns in our reality. Bateson's work remains indispensable as we come to terms with our responsibilities to future generations and to the larger community of life.' Dr. Curt Meine, Director, Conservation Biology and History, Center for Humans and Nature, Author, Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation'This documentary kindles the spirit of Gregory Bateson, and guides you on two fascinating journeys: One of a daughter's effort to understand her father who died before he could tell her everything she yearned to know, and the other through the ideas that Gregory Bateson developed for us to understand ourselves in the larger ecology to which we contribute. Gregory was an anthropologist, naturalist, cybernetician, and philosopher who never returned to where he came from, restlessly searching to expand the boundaries of our thinking and acting in a world in which everything is connected to everything else. The documentary continues the conversation he started among friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched.' Klaus Krippendorff, Professor for Cybernetics, Language and Culture, University of Pennsylvania, Author, On Communicating: Otherness, Meaning, and Information'Nora Bateson combines imaginative graphics with fascinating documentary footage and illuminating interviews to present her father's intellectual legacy against the backdrop of his relationship with his youngest child, the filmmaker herself. This unique documentary will be an invaluable resource to the many who have drawn on Gregory Bateson's ideas--myself included--and to those for whom this will be an enlightening introduction.' Deborah Tannen, Professor of Linguistics, Georgetown University, Author, You Just Don't Understand'Nora Bateson's intimate portrait of her father allows us to delight in his delight, to share his infectious love for thinking and being. It is the most enjoyable way I know to get a dose of the systems thinking that our society so sorely needs.' Dorion Sagen, Author, The Sciences of Avatar: From Anthropology to Xenology, Co-Author, Up From Dragons: The Evolution of Human Intelligence'An Ecology of Mind is a spell-binding, lyrical, and very important film about Gregory Bateson and his revolutionary ideas that helped launch the modern ecology movement...In the 1960s and 1970s, Bateson became a mentor to students, seasoned academics, and environmentalists, providing the language and insights that linked ecology to general systems, psychology, sociology, epistemology, and broad theories of science. Along the way, Bateson conceived and illuminated some of the most significant ideas of the era: cybernetics, double-bind, changeability, and the pattern that connects. The film effectively conveys the breadth, depth, rigor, and dynamism of Gregory Bateson's contributions to science and humanity.' Rex Weyler, Co-founder, Greenpeace International'A loving tribute to a man who shaped the life of the filmmaker and, more than most of us realize, shaped all of our lives. He may not appear in the pantheon of most younger anthropologists, but his work was almost always precocious and indicated how anthropology could actually contribute beyond the narrow confines of the anthropology department...Suitable for college courses in cultural anthropology and history/theory of anthropology, as well as general audiences.' Jack David Eller, Community College of Denver, Anthropology Review Database'Highly recommended...Encourage[s] viewers to expand our typical perspectives and exercise our brains in a holistic manner...A great mind-opener that would be a valuable resource for a variety of college level course discussions, as well as for the intellectually ambitious general viewer.' Rue McKenzie, University of South Florida, Educational Media Reviews Online'A concise summary of several opinions on a very much discussed topic. The choice of different perspectives brings a new infusion of concepts and the intermingling of opinions gives the viewer much to think about...Amenable to a wide range of viewers of all ages...A very well done piece of work. Nice job!' Sowmya Anjur, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, Science Books and Films'Until now, [Bateson's] work has been largely inaccessible to those outside of the academic community. With this film, this is bound to change...Perhaps Nora Bateson's biggest achievement is that she is able to explain abstract and rather inaccessible concepts in a clear way.' Jan van Boeckel, Resurgence Magazine'An inspiring, meditative film that shows Gregory Bateson range and depth and ultimately gives us a larger glimpse into our place within nature and the cosmos, asking us to consider: What pattern connects art to science, and the cave to the universe, and all of that to us? Bateson-father and daughter-have not only asked a challenging question, theyhave given us the tools to reimagine our world.' Wild River Review'[A] keen yet personal portrait of an extraordinary man, An Ecology of Mind also looks to the future, and draws upon Bateson's way of thinking to reveal practical approaches to humanity's tremendous modern-day challenges.' The Midwest Book Review'Exquisite...The film conveys [Bateson's] complex ideas in such a way as to take us right inside them so that we see them as clearly as pebbles in a crystalline mountain stream. That the film accomplishes this is a testament to the filmmaker's artistry and her grasp of her father's subtle and unique style of thinking...A beautiful and important film.' Dr. Marilyn Wedge, Huffington Post'What becomes amply clear is that Bateson is needed today more than ever...Bateson's beliefs feel as fresh as they do refreshing...His daughter, now, in a quietly profound way has continued the journey. It's up to the rest of us to complete the process. Watching An Ecology of Mind is a good place to start.' Dan Webster, Movie 101 on NPR'Many attributes of Gregory Bateson's life and work are conveyed in the film, but most importantly, it has the power to change the way you see...You will find that you are not looking as things at all, you are looking at patterns of relationship--here and there, now and then, fathers and daughters, fathers and sons, teachers and students, animals and humans, humans and the earth, and even two cups sitting on a table.' Enlightenment Next Magazine
AN ECOLOGY OF MIND is a portrait of Gregory Bateson, celebrated anthropologist, philosopher, author, naturalist, and systems theorist. His story is lovingly told by his youngest daughter, Nora, with footage from Gregory's own films shot in the 1930s with his wife Margaret Mead in Bali and New Guinea, along with photographs, filmed lectures, and interviews.
Gregory Bateson was a man who studied the interrelationships of the complex systems we live in with scientific rigor and enormous integrity. His theories, such as 'the double bind' and 'the pattern which connects', continue to impact the fields of anthropology, psychiatry, information science, cybernetics, urban planning, biology, and ecology, challenging people to think in new ways.
Through this film, Nora Bateson sets out to show that his ideas are not just fodder for academic theory, but can help instruct a way of life. She presents his thinking using a richly personal perspective, focusing on the stories Bateson used to present his ideas and how the beauty of life itself provided the framework of his life's pursuits.
Hoping to inspire its audience to see their lives within a larger system, glistening with symmetry, play, and metaphor, AN ECOLOGY OF MIND is an invitation to ask the kinds of questions that could help thread the world back together from the inside.Show more Show less