Flight from Death: The Quest for Immortality is a 2003 documentary investigating “humankind’s relationship with death.”

Directed by Patrick Shen and narrated by Gabriel Byrne, it is available for purchase at Amazon.

Flight from Death features an all-star cast of scholars, authors, philosophers, and researchers including Sam Keen, Robert Jay Lifton, Irvin Yalom, and Sheldon Solomon culminating in a film that is “not only thought-provoking but also entertaining and put together with a lot of class” (Eric Campos, Film Threat). Three years in the making and beautifully photographed in eight different countries, Flight from Death is “a stimulating, ultimately life-affirming film, filled with big ideas and revelatory footage” (Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times).” (from the website).

Flight from Death Poster

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  1. Thank you to eternity!!!
    I LOVE the effect that Gabriel’s voice has inside my head…..I can’t describe it…I guess you’ll understand ;)


  2. A very difficult to watch – I confess, I turned off my monitor and simply listened, and even that was extraordinarily powerful, especially when you take into account that I had just listened to Gabriel’s off-the-cuff speech at the “Not In Our Name” rally in Central Park.

    The book which caused this film to be made in the first place flopped through my letter box yesterday morning. It’s called “The Denial of Death”, by Ernest Becker. All I’ve read so far is the prologue, but I can already tell it is one of those ‘life changing’ books that one encounters every now and then.

    Gabriel’s voice in this film is perfect. The could not have chosen a better actor, a better man, to be the narrator.

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