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The Wisdom of Trauma

A Film by Zaya and Maurizio Benazzo

88 minutes and 61 minutes

Scene Selection • Closed Captioned • Includes Digital Bonus Feature Collection

Grades 10 - Adult
Item #:WOT-2018

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K-12 Classroom, Public Libraries: DVD - $89
K-12 DVD + Digital File - $139
Single Community Screening - $295
Colleges, Institutions, Businesses: DVD - $345
Colleges: DVD with Digital Site License - $445
K-12 School District pricing available. Please inquire at [email protected]
"Trauma is not what happens to you. Trauma is what happens inside you, as a result of what happens to you."
— Dr. Gabor Maté

One in five Americans are diagnosed with mental illness in any given year. In the US, death by suicide is the second most common cause of death for those aged 15-24, killing over 48,000. Annually, drug overdose kill 81,000 in the US. The autoimmunity epidemic affects 24 million people in the US. What is going on? The interconnected epidemics of anxiety, chronic illness, and substance abuse are, according to Dr. Gabor Maté, normal. But not in the way you might think.

In The Wisdom of Trauma, we travel alongside physician, bestselling author, and Order of Canada recipient Dr. Gabor Maté to explore the root causes of the myriad health epidemics faced by Western countries. This is a journey with a man who has dedicated his life to understanding the connection between illness, addiction, trauma, and society.

Trauma is the invisible, but no less material, force that shapes our lives. It shapes the way we live, the way we form connections, and the way we make sense of the world. It is the root of our deepest wounds. Dr. Maté gives us a new vision: a trauma-literate society in which parents, teachers, physicians, policy makers, and legal personnel seek to understand the sources from which troubling behaviors and diseases spring, in order to better address the issues of the populations they serve. Through his insights a path materializes towards individual and collective healing, with practices that aim to create cures to address root causes before they manifest as physical symptoms.

  • Gabor Maté, Psychologist/Physician
  • Rae Maté, Artist
  • James Doty, Director/Founder, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University
  • Tim Ferriss, Entrepreneur
  • Fritzi Horstman, Founder/Executive Director, Compassion Prison Project
  • Romie Nottage, Director, Downtown Streets Team San Francisco
  • Tessa Rose, Harm Reduction Specialist
All orders also include a Digital Discussion Guide and Digital Bonus Feature Collection, including the following videos featuring Dr. Maté in conversation with leaders in their fields:
  • Climate Crisis, Fragmentation and Collective Trauma
  • Trauma and the Nervous System from the Polyvagal Theory Perspective
  • Women, Trauma and the Patriarchy
  • Building Intergenerational Trauma Sensitivity & Awareness
  • Indigenous Resilience: Healing Trauma Through Tradition and Resistance
  • 21 Questions with Dr. Maté

FILMMAKER'S STATEMENT: "When we started this film, we thought that we were among the lucky ones who had had a happy childhood. We thought that trauma was caused by bad things happening to people; REALLY bad things: War, murder, violence, sexual exploitation... But trauma, as we learned from Dr. Gabor Maté, happens to everybody.

Individually and collectively we carry a backlog of pain that has never been heard because we miss narratives to help us share, witness and hold space for each other's deepest wounds.

We hold the vision of a society that can acknowledge the truth about shame and the pain of unmet needs that live quietly but widely among us. Trauma cannot always be conquered, fixed, or resolved, but it can be heard, held, and loved."
The Wisdom of Trauma
The Wisdom of Trauma

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