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    Code: 2548

    Directed by Patrick Shen
    2016, 81 minutes
    Purchase: $395
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    In Pursuit of Silence is a meditative exploration of our relationship with silence, sound and the impact of noise on our lives. With rapid global urbanization, noise pollution – an often overlooked threat to one’s well-being – is an increasing concern. When did we become so loud as a society? Patrick Shen gathers experts, audiologist, and academics to examine not only the cognitive effects of constant noise, but also what we lose culturally when we have less silence. Shot over two years, this critically acclaimed documentary takes us around the globe – from Orfield Labs in Minneapolis, the quietest place on earth, to Mumbai, India, a city that often has noise of over 100 decibels. An immersive cinematic experience, In Pursuit of Silence inspires us to experience silence and celebrate the wonders of our natural world.

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    Festivals & Awards

    Official Selection, SXSW
    Official Selection, Full Frame Documentary Festival
    Official Selection, Sheffield Doc Fest
    Official Selection, Atlanta Film Festival
    Official Selection, Ashland Film Festival
    Official Selection, DOXA Documentary Film Festival


    "Engaging and thought-provoking throughout." — New Scientist

    "A gorgeously rendered meditation on the role silence plays in our mental health." — MovieMaker Magazine

    "A testament to the power of quiet places." — The Herald Sun

    "A welcome invitation to pause for a moment in order to hear your surroundings anew." — Planet in Focus Film Festival

    “The film actually helps you take that first step as you experience firsthand the joy of silence through disengagement from chatter devices and noisy environments.” — Hammer to Nail