Reviews and Festivals
"Would work for mental health professionals, students studying psychology or neuroscience, and those studying to become addiction specialists."
— Video Libraian
"Highly Recommended. Captivating documentary that reconceptualizes how the 'common template' of hidden childhood distress knows no bounds in the damage it can cause an individual... The Wisdom of Trauma would be a very strong addition to any high school or academic library. The themes of mental health and therapy can be used as a vehicle to drive insightful conversations that further destigmatize the discipline as a whole."
— Educational Media Reviews Online
"Remarkable to watch how quickly Maté connects with people, understands where their trauma originates, and begins to help them work through it to find themselves...The Wisdom of Trauma urges its audiences to ask why, collectively, we respond to trauma the way that we do in schools, hospitals, and the criminal justice system."
— YES! Magazine
"One of the most important documentary film I have witnessed. In addition to deserving a wide audience, this film should also be found in the political and medical worlds' halls of power."
— Don Schwartz, From the Heart Productions
"Will lend parents, educators, health care providers, faith leaders and many others wisdom and insight about the traumas carried forth in themselves and in their families, communities, and work environments."
— Jenny Degroot, The Banner
"A must-see for everyone. Professionals have never been more knowledgeable and aware of increased drug overdose, suicide rates, and a decrease in physical health across the world. So why, with all this knowledge and awareness is nobody getting better? The filmmakers are asking 'What is going on?'"
— Nicola O'Hanlon, In the Rooms
"Incredible documentary...Incredibly powerful...The most focused expression I would say, of [Gabor's] work. And this kind of very deep contribution that [the filmmakers] are making is more than just a different perspective for people about trauma. I feel like it's actually got the capacity to level up the level of consciousness...It's a heavy lift, to move ourselves forward, and to see the sacredness and wisdom and then there's the necessity of trauma and bringing the consciousness to it. It's very beautiful. So I just have deep gratitude for [the filmmakers'] work. Thank you."
— Dr. Will Van Derveer, Integrative Psychiatry Institute
"Go check it out, particularly in the mental health field. This is a really important movie [the filmmakers] made. So I just want to put that here, go check this out. It's a key instrument you've kind of injected here. It's a good one. It's a big one."
— Keith Kurlander, Integrative Psychiatry Institute
"Demonstrates, in a simple yet profound way, how trauma can affect our whole life and lead to relational difficulties, deep sorrow and suffering, and mental and physical illness...Explains brilliantly how trauma does not necessarily stem from extremely dramatic events such as war or famine, but rather from events that our nervous system interpret as threatening to our life or integrity...I have recommended The Wisdom of Trauma to all my clients, and to anyone who was willing to listen while I was still on the hype train after seeing the movie... Definitely get your hands on a copy, a screening, or an online event, because this is a movie that will make you feel proud of the global body psychotherapy community you are part of, and the work that you and your colleagues do."
— Alexandra Algafari, International Body Psychotherapy Journal (Vol. 20, Issue 2)
"Powerful and important documentary...I cannot recommend it more highly and am so inspired by how well received it has been – a clear demonstration of how a trauma-informed mindset is slowly beginning to infuse our cultural consciousness...Society is suffering collectively - as The Wisdom of Trauma so beautifully conveys"
— Elephant Journal
"I watched The Wisdom of Trauma by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo featuring the phenomenal work and insights of Dr. Gabor Maté with great inputs from Fritzi Horstman of Prison Kind on Adverse Childhood Experiences, trauma, addiction and prison. The tenderness and healthy, healing touch between Gabor and Tim is stunning."
— Dr. Jane Mulcahy PhD, University of Limerick
Believe Psychology Film Festival, Best Therapy
Documentary Film Festival, Best Feature Film
Shift Your World Film Festival, Higher Ground Award
Setubal Film Festival, Glad I Came Award, Best Feature
Open World Toronto Film Festival, Documentary
New York Cinemafest
Awareness Film Festival
Documentary Short Film Festival
Spirit Film Festival
Open World Toronto Film Festival
Setubal Film Festival
World Cinema Antwerp
Auroville Film Festival
Brooklyn Film Festival
Festival du Film Au Contraire
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Documentary Film Festival
Virtual Reel Recovery Film Festival
Belive Psychology Film Festival