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Breathing is at the essence of being human, but not just because it keeps us alive. Like laughter and facial expressions, breathing is something of a global language, capable of communicating a surprisingly wide and nuanced range of emotions without a single word. This collection video from The Mercadantes, the husband-and-wife filmmakers Daniel and Katina Mercadante in California, explores the human breath and its innumerable forms – from the first gasping cries of a newborn to the sighed relief of a well-earned chance to rest.
Director: Daniel Mercadante
Producer: Jed Hubbard
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History of technology
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Philosophy of mind
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The astonishing resonances between patterns in nature, microscopic and cosmic
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Computing and artificial intelligence
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Gender and identity
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