A Virus Called Fear

Very few people understand the programming of fear, and why it distorts our perceptions. While fear is a program used for our survival, fear also creates irrational beliefs that cause larger systems of fear like politics, religion and the media. “A Virus Called Fear” is short film about the conditioning of fear, and what irrational fears can lead to.

A Zaki Gordon Institute for Independent Filmmaking student documentary short. Written and directed by Ben Fama Jr.

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7 Responses to "A Virus Called Fear"

  1. Mesa  May 31, 2012 at 5:15 am

    I’m the producer to this documentary short and fiance to the director Ben Fama. I just wanted to say thank you so much for sharing this with the world!!!

  2. Paige Maple  May 31, 2012 at 6:54 am

    I watched this documentary. It was great!!! I hope to see more stuff done by ben fama!!! Thanks for sharing this!!!

  3. Jake  May 31, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Well, that is a great piece of art. Too bad it’s not made for the wide audience. It assumes that you are familiar with the topic of fear – I mean, if you haven’t thought of this issue before then you probably won’t understand the message behind it at all. Quotations are being tossed too fast – it took all my abilities to focus on what is said there and still I find myself familiar with what is said there. If so, what about people who doesn’t? If an average person would need to view this movie 3 times to understand it (and apply, hopefully) then a movie with such great message would have zero influence on the world we live in. Personally, I’d love to show such movie to my friends and family and at least hope that they understand it.

    Second, and minor thing, is the organisation of titles – it’s just hard to read two lines simultaneously in this spotlight. At least for me ;)

    • Mesa  June 1, 2012 at 2:05 am

      Hey Jake,

      Thank you for the feedback, we enjoy hearing what everyone likes and dislikes. It helps us to understand what to focus on in the next project. Criticism in any form is almost always valuable. Glad that you liked it and got something from it :) that was our goal :)


  4. Roger  June 1, 2012 at 3:22 am

    This was a great doc on a very important subject. Saying that this was not made for a wide audience or is somehow too difficult to understand by the same is hopefully not true. I for one found it quite easy to understand and follow and well organized as well, especially for the time limit given. In fact it was rather remarkable well organized, clear in detail given that this is only a twenty minute film.

    If this is too difficult to comprehend for a wide audience than this nation is in serious trouble and our education system far worse than most people fear. However, having recently taught 11th grade American History I can say that our students do have, for the most part, the comprehension to take this on. Thank Darwin.

  5. Heliconia  December 11, 2012 at 5:57 am

    20 very well spent minutes, thanks a lot!
    I just had a small issue with the intro, I found it too long and too dramatic, it almost made me want to fast-forward it…and the whole black and white thing throughout the film, also too dramatic…but I’m a interdisciplinary artist and I do video so I guess I’m programmed to be picky on every detail…
    I don’t agree with the “not for a wide audience” comment…I think that the things I’m complaining about in the previous paragraph are exactly what visually attracts a wider audience, and in terms of content I think the subject is well introduced and explained throughout the whole video, even for people who had never stopped to consider the role of fear in their lives…
    One last comment on fear…I hesitated for a second before clicking on the link to this video because of the title (the thought that it would download a virus to my computer or something crossed my mind for a second :P)

  6. mechelle.1969  May 14, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I enjoyed this. Thank you.


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