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The Silent Glow: Recovering the Present

Director: Anja Krug-Metzinger
Country: Germany
Release: 2018

Silent Glow

A cultural trend, the origins of which lie both in antiquity and Asia's wisdom traditions, is currently enjoying a true renaissance: at present, a new culture of consciousness is emerging in many places across Europe. At the same time, secular practice of mindfulness without any connection to doctrines of salvation or religious dogmas is finding its way into our education system. The French Football Federation, for example, was the first governing sports body in the world to include "consciousness" and "self-awareness" as a central component of its training program.

The film shows the experiences that children and teenagers have had in training programmes that combine classical mindfulness meditation, social self-experience and body awareness with schooling in a global perspective and with activism. Can openness, compassion and an ethical attitude in children be increased by mental training? The film also offers unusual insights into current scientific research programs at the Max-Planck Institute in Leipzig, where one of the world's largest studies of various forms of mental training was conducted.

New forms of manipulation and the permanent inundation of stimuli from new media environments pose a great risk to children’s mental health. Unnoticed by political institutions, society has long since started to respond. The outcome of this development remains open, however. Can the systematic inner development of young people actually enable them to take on responsibility - for their own lives, for society and the world?

This film synopsis was provided by the Director, Anja Krug-Metzinger.