High Ground Brainwave Film
2012, USA, Michael Brown, 92 min.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with a with Capt. Jack Tsao, M.D., Ph.D. on phantom limb syndrome.
Tickets include a post-film gallery tour at 5:00 p.m.
“People still don’t get it that not all pain is physical.” —Marine Corps veteran Katherine “Rizo” Ragazzino
“In its ability to let us hear firsthand what life-and-death combat does to the human body and spirit, this film has few peers.” —The Los Angeles Times
In this new film by Michael Brown eleven veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, the longest in American history, are invited to overcome the damage to their bodies, minds, and spirits and climb the 20,000-foot Himalayan giant Mount Lobuche. As the film follows their training and climb, it also explores the illusion of health and the struggle to have less-perceptible conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder treated seriously.
About the Speaker
Neurologist Dr. Jack Tsao is Associate Professor at the Uniformed Services University. (The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the Nation's federal health sciences university and is committed to excellence in military medicine and public health during peace and war.) Dr. Tsao researches the mechanism of and developing treatments for phantom limb pain in amputees. Mirror therapy is currently being used to treat phantom pain but the mechanism behind the efficacy of this therapy remains unknown. His laboratory uses functional magnetic resonance imaging to study brain activation patterns during mirror treatment.
About Brainwave: Illusion
The Buddha said that everything is illusion. What did he mean by that? This sixth edition of Brainwave will enlist the aid of neuroscientists to help us understand how the perception of our world is shaped by the surprising adaptability of our brains. Brainwave includes talks, special film screenings followed by discussions, interactive workshops, and much more!
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Photo credit: Chad Jukes in High Ground by Didrik Johnck