In Search of Memory (2008)

Genres - History, Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Psychology, Social History  |   Release Date - Jan 8, 2010 (USA - Limited)  |   Run Time - 95 min.  |   Countries - Germany   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jason Buchanan

Two years after Eric Kandel's autobiography, In Search of Memory: The Emergence of a New Science of the Mind, brought his theory about the biological basis of memory to the masses, filmmaker Petra Seeger explores the Nobel Prize-winning neuroscientist's story to the screen in this documentary. A Viennese Jew by birth, Kandel was forced to emigrate to the United States at the age of nine. After studying literature and Austrian history in New York, he became a psychoanalyst and, eventually, a neuroscientist. Ever since Kandel's traumatic childhood in Nazi-occupied Vienna, he became obsessed with the search for memory. In this film, we follow Kandel on a personal journey into his own memory, and follow him as he conducts research from his institute at Columbia University in New York.

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childhood, Holocaust, memory, Nazi, neurology, Nobel-Prize