INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN DALLAS 

Greetings again from the darkness. “Silence is a sound of many qualities.”Director Patrick Shen explores this feeling by reminding us what an important role silence (or at least silence) can play in our lives.

There are many interviews and points of view of experts (such as author George Prochnik) everyone agrees that the benefits of silence are numerous. To be clear, we are talking about the silence associated with things such as the rustling of leaves, running water and rolling waves. We are talking about the process that is conjured in Japanese teahouses, and about the stages of meditation.

We know that silence has a positive impact on four areas: Physiological, Psychological, cognitive and Body. Indeed, deep forest walks are used as treatments and prevention and have shown signs of improving the immune system.

Most of us have noticed how clean our minds become when we relax on the shore or on a mountain. Mr. Shen’s film has a lot of quiet time around interviews, and even in a movie theater, those peaceful moments have a huge impact.

The point is that we have replaced technology to even human interaction instead of interacting with our own selves. We left only the smallest space for thoughtful thinking-the kind of thinking that reduces stress and creates clarity in life.

For those who have never experienced it, the film offers a presentation of composer John Cage’s infamous piece of 4’33” (4 minutes and 33 seconds) in three movements, each with a complete silence from the orchestra. The idea arose from his Zen lessons, and now for over 60 years surprises the audience in a pleasant state of appreciation. The film brings home the point that we should all find time to calm our souls.