In Pursuit of Silence

USA-UK 2015, 81 mins
Director: Patrick Shen

+ intro and discussion.

Exploring the words of Lao Tzu, ‘silence is a source of great strength’, this documentary encourages us to really observe the world around us.

This contemplative, richly sensory documentary is about humankind’s millennia-long fascination with silence and its supposed healing properties for both body and mind. Shifting in time and space, the film shows that true silence has long been pursued yet remains just beyond our grasp.

Please join us for an informal discussion in the Blue Room after the screening.

Director: Patrick Shen
Production Company: Transcendental Media
Producers: Andrew Brumme, Patrick Shen, Brandon Vedder
USA/UK 2015
81 mins

Presented in partnership with Citizen Autistic: The London Autism Film Club.

We welcome your feedback on this screening.

BFI Southbank has been awarded the National Autistic Society’s Autism Friendly Award.


A three-film series curated by Benjamin Brown, founder of Citizen Autistic.

‘Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.’ Marie Curie (1867-1934)

Marie-Curie happens to be the name of a central character in Frequencies, the opening feature in a three-film series exploring difference and the sensory effects the ambient sights and sounds of nature can have upon both body and mind.

Throughout the series sound is made tactile, something to be touched and felt, through expressive, multi-layered sound design and sonorous soundscapes humming with the low-bass frequencies and rhythmical droning of today’s hyper-stimulated world.

The next relaxed screening is:
ELECTRICITY + intro and discussion Monday 25 July 18:15 NFT3

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Relaxed Screenings

Relaxed screenings are presented each month for
those in the neurodiverse community, their assistants and carers.

• Customers can select their seats when they arrive in the auditorium. You may sit with your family/friendship group or there are some single seats if you prefer.

• Please leave space between yourself and other groups and retain your selected seats for the duration of the performance if possible.

• We encourage you to wear a face covering if you are able to.

• You are welcome to take refreshments into the auditorium but no hot food please.

• Doors will open 30 minutes before the screening.

• No trailers will be shown.

• The programme will be introduced.

• Our house lights will remain on a low level throughout the screening, and the volume will be turned slightly down.

• You will be able to leave the auditorium and return during the screening.

• There will be a quiet space to use if you need to leave the auditorium.

• We understand you may make some noise.

• Please ask us if you need help.