InScience Film Festival


In collaboration with Theater de Veste, Studium Generale Delft, and Bèta Balie, we are proud to present the first satellite edition of the festival in Delft. All programs are introduced by an expert and after the film, there is an opportunity for discussion. The films and lectures are in English. The satellite edition will take place on November 11 and 21.

11 november: opening film Spaceship Earth

Matt Wolf | documentary | VS | 2020 | 113 min

In 1991, a collaboration between a group of hippies, performance artists, and scientists resulted in Biosphere 2: a futuristic structure designed to house a perfect replica of Earth’s ecosystem. This documentary follows the development of this bizarre project that was met with controversy yet can also be seen as progressive in light of the climate ideas thirty years later. However, it begs the question: is this ecological activism at work or just plain entertainment?

21 november: Coded Bias

Shalini Kantayya | documentary | VS, CN, GB | 2020 | 83 min

Coded Bias is a timely, thought-provoking documentary about the unexpected consequences of modern technology. During her time at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Boston, media researcher Joy Buolamwini discovered that facial recognition software had trouble recognising her face. The reason? Her skin colour. This compelled her to investigate the implicit bias in artificial intelligence, which revealed that many algorithms, most of which were designed by white men, respond differently or not at all to people of colour. Joy is now fighting for justice in today’s automated society, along with other female supporters.

21 november: Hunting for Hedonia

Pernille Rose Gronkjaer | documentary | DK, BR, DE, VS, GB | 2019 | 87 min

In the 1960s, Robert Heath was one of the most renowned neurologists in the world. His research on deep brain stimulation used electrodes in the brain to stimulate feelings of happiness and to suppress negative emotions. However, his methods proved too controversial and ultimately destroyed his reputation. Decades later, with psychological problems such as depression and anxiety becoming more common, scientists are re-examining the possibilities of deep brain stimulation. While there has been some success, old ethical dilemmas are beginning to rise up like ghosts from the past. Could tiny wires in our brain really hold the key to happiness?

21 november: Picture a Scientist

Ian Cheney & Sharon Shattuck | documentary | VS | 2020 | 97 min

Picture a scientist. What do you see? Chances are it’s not a woman. An important reason for this is that women aren’t always given the same opportunities or the same respect in science as their male colleagues. Picture a Scientist follows three female researchers as they face sexism, intimidation, and institutional discrimination in the academic field. Against the current and with a deep love for their profession, these women are committed to revolutionising the culture of science.

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