InScience Film Festival

The winner of the 2020 InScience Jury Award is…

The documentary Spaceship Earth (Matt Wolf, 2020) has won the second InScience Jury Award during the sixth edition of InScience – International Science Film Festival Nijmegen. Spaceship Earth has been chosen as the winner by the jury, consisting of Patricia Pisters, Maartje Nevejan and Robbert Dijkgraaf, and will be screened online on Wednesday 18 November on the online platform of InScience. The InScience Jury Award consists of € 2,500.

Winner InScience Jury Award

The winning documentary Spaceship Earth by director Matt Wolf highlights the passion of scientific research in a special way. The film takes you through the development of the project “Biosphere 2” that caused much controversy in 1991. The Biosphere 2 is a futuristic structure in the desert of Arizona that is supposed to house a perfect replica of the ecosystem on Earth, created by a group of hippies, performance artists and scientists. The film shows how reality is sometimes crazier than fantasy.

Jury review

The InScience jury, consisting of Patricia Pisters, Maartje Nevejan and Robbert Dijkgraaf, thinks Spaceship Earth is the perfect film for the moment and a good metaphor for what’s going on in the world. “Everything that went wrong in the Biosphere 2 is also what went wrong in the Biosphere 1, our planet,” said the jury. The story is therefore very alarming. “Where in Biosphere 2 it was possible to replenish oxygen and remove the CO2 when things went wrong, in Biosphere 1 it is not that easy. The film also shows how the media and big money encapsulate these kinds of beautiful initiatives with different interests. Something for which we must be very vigilant in the crisis situation in which the earth is now. Spaceship Earth very powerfully depicts how science relates to society and is therefore an important lesson for the future.”

Spaceship Earth can be viewed on Wednesday 18 November at 20:00 for € 6 during InScience 2020. The film can be seen on the new, online platform.

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