THE ESSENTIAL ERICH FROMM will be the first comprehensive, English-language documentary about the life and ideas of one of the most profound thinkers of the 20th Century. Author, psychoanalyst, teacher, devoted humanist and social philosopher, Erich Fromm was a modern Renaissance man, a voice of reason that emerged out of a turbulent century when humanity faced some of the worse crises in its history.

World famous from the 1940's to the 1970's when his best-selling books such as The Art of Loving, The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness and To Have or To Be? were published, Fromm, as has been has pointed out, "consistently devoted himself and worked to one single goal: the propagation of a great visionary hope for a better and more dignified life for all of humanity."

This documentary will explore Fromm's ideas. It will trace the events of his life that helped shape his unique thinking. It will explore and discuss his changing perspectives, personal life and various writings. In doing so, it will show that his relevance only grows as time goes by and humanity faces the challenges of this new century.