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The Fundamentalist State of Mind [videorecording]

By: MODELL, David. speaker | TAVISTOCK CENTRE SCIENTIFIC MEETING 2009.
Series: Scientific Meeting of the Tavistock Centre and Portman Clinic 11th May. Publisher: London, Tavistock Clinic, 2009Description: 1 video disc (approx 80 min).Subject(s): VIDEODISC 2QTSummary: David Modell is a documentary film maker who has made several highly acclaimed and controversial long term documentaries about different fundamentalist groups He says the following about his talk ?The talk is structured around the experience of making several long term documentaries about different fundamentalist groups for Channel 4. The overall aim is to try to increase understanding of the mindset and motivations of individuals who are drawn toward extremism and to explore what a fundamentalist group offers those individuals, as well as thinking about how society responds to extremism. I would begin by briefly talking about the work in general terms and what I feel I have learned, before showing a 20 minute excerpt from the most recent documentary, about fundamentalist Christians in the UK. Following this I would talk more specifically about the ways in which people who are drawn toward fundamentalism appear to have trouble in coming to an accommodation with the 'real world' and try to create an internal utopian society. I would also talk about the reassuring certainties of fundamentalism and the attractions of the like-minded group. I would then show a series of interviews from the Christians film. If time allowed I might also show a brief exert form a film I made in 2002 about the leader of the Young British National Party. Next, I would talk about the real pain that many extremists endure and how activism or 'fighting' helps to relieve their suffering- this would be illustrated by showing a section from a documentary about animal rights extremists. Finally, I would talk about whether the unhappiness with society pre-exists the cause or if the cause is a way of expressing an underlying disturbance. If there was time I would show a second section from the animal rights film.
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David Modell is a documentary film maker who has made several highly acclaimed and controversial long term documentaries about different fundamentalist groups He says the following about his talk ?The talk is structured around the experience of making several long term documentaries about different fundamentalist groups for Channel 4. The overall aim is to try to increase understanding of the mindset and motivations of individuals who are drawn toward extremism and to explore what a fundamentalist group offers those individuals, as well as thinking about how society responds to extremism. I would begin by briefly talking about the work in general terms and what I feel I have learned, before showing a 20 minute excerpt from the most recent documentary, about fundamentalist Christians in the UK. Following this I would talk more specifically about the ways in which people who are drawn toward fundamentalism appear to have trouble in coming to an accommodation with the 'real world' and try to create an internal utopian society. I would also talk about the reassuring certainties of fundamentalism and the attractions of the like-minded group. I would then show a series of interviews from the Christians film. If time allowed I might also show a brief exert form a film I made in 2002 about the leader of the Young British National Party. Next, I would talk about the real pain that many extremists endure and how activism or 'fighting' helps to relieve their suffering- this would be illustrated by showing a section from a documentary about animal rights extremists. Finally, I would talk about whether the unhappiness with society pre-exists the cause or if the cause is a way of expressing an underlying disturbance. If there was time I would show a second section from the animal rights film.

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