InScience Film Festival

Tips from our programmers

Choosing can be difficult, most certainly if you have to choose from a packed festival program. That is why our programmers have put their heads together and made a tip list. These are the programs that you absolutely should not miss:

Fly Rocket Fly

Oliver Schwehm | Documentary | BE, DE | 90 min | 2018 | tickets

Fly Rocket Fly tells the unbelievable story of the visionary and entrepreneur Lutz Kayser, who moves to the Congolese jungle owned by Mobutu, the president/dictator of Zaire. Together with a group of passionate space engineers, he set out to conquer space. The first successful rocket launch in the mid-seventies triggered an international firestorm and the initial dynamism surrounding Kayser and his team spirals into negativity. What started as a crazy dream, slowly turns into a nightmare. This documentary by Oliver Schwehm is a strange adventure that combines previously unseen archive footage with eye-witness testimony.

Hope Frozen

Pailin Wedel | Documentary | US, TH | 75 min | 2019 | tickets

Einz is a two-year-old girl from Bangkok who lost her battle with brain cancer. She is also the youngest person to ever be cryogenically frozen at the request of her Buddhist parents. Their oldest son, fifteen-year-old whiz kid Matrix, explores whether science can one day help his sister Einz to be reborn. Hope Frozen follows the family, who hope to experience her rebirth in a new body.

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Alison Reid | Documentary | CA | 83 min | 2018 | tickets

The 85-year-old Dr. Anne Innis Dagg undertakes her groundbreaking journey to South Africa in 1956 again. Back then she pursued her dream of becoming the world’s first giraffologist. On her new journey, she shows the sad reality that the giraffes live in today. With moving images from the past and present, she candidly tells about her life as the first giraffologist. How determined she was to make her dream come true. How she struggled to be seen and respected in the male-dominated field of zoology. And why her career was eventually destroyed.

Robin: een interactief levensverhaal

Interactive film | tickets

How far would you go to change your child’s genes? What about your own? Would you let an artificial system determine your fate in a court of law, or would you prefer a human judge? What risks would you take to combat climate change? In the interactive film Robin, the audience can use their smartphones to determine which route the main character Robin should take, thereby influencing the outcome of the film and Robin’s story.

Scientists and screenwriters worked together to create this unique film for the National Science Agenda. Which scientific breakthroughs will change our lives in the next fifty years? What will the world look like? One of these scientists is Ivan Veul, a Science & Technology researcher at Radboud University, who will discuss the ethical dilemmas associated with scientific and technological developments after the film.


Josh Murphy | Documentary | US | 77 min | 2019 | tickets

Artifishal, a documentary, is a real eye-opener. The drama of the wild salmon takes place against the backdrop of a beautiful setting. While salmon farms were intended to protect the endangered species, they appear to contribute to the extinction of wild salmon. Because the salmon farm weakens the genetic material of the wild species. After Artifishal, salmon will never taste the same again.

Big Idea Britt Wray

Will mammoths walk the earth again?  | tickets

Thanks to recent advances in science and technology, particularly in the field of genetic manipulation, people are being confronted with a question that sounds straight out of a science fiction plot: should we bring back the so-called necrofauna, or extinct animal species? Other than being a sensational plot for a blockbuster film, this question encompasses a complex network of ethical, social and scientific issues. Which extinct animals should be brought back? In what environment and with what purpose? Should we be worried that these extinct species will face the same problems as our endangered species today, or worse? It is Britt Wray’s mission to shed light on this possible new scientific domain. In her lecture, she will address the potential and the dangers of bringing a mammoth back to life.

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