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  • Picture a Scientist
    Ian Cheney and Sharon Shattuck, directors

    Film

    Urging action, a new film paints a harrowing portrait of female scientists’ experiences in academia

    Sweeping in scope yet intimately compelling, Picture a Scientist tells the stories of three female scholars, revealing the systemic and structural nature of gender discrimination and harassment in academic science. The film shows how intersections of sexism and racism shape experiences differently for white women and for women of color and how implicit bias both… Read More
  • Rebuilding Paradise
    Ron Howard, director

    Film

    Rebuilding Paradise

    On 8 November 2018, residents of the town of Paradise, California, evacuated through a forest of flames. Although it was past 9 a.m., the sky was black from the fire that had traveled 8 miles in just a few hours and now completely surrounded the town. The aftermath of the Camp Fire, as documented in… Read More
  • Okavango: River of Dreams (Director's Cut)
    Dereck Joubert and Beverly Joubert, directors

    Film

    Okavango

    Lightning crackles across the sky, lions roar as they tussle over a freshly killed waterbuck, raindrops smack the parched earth, and elephants trumpet. These are the sights and sounds of the Okavango River, the subject of a new documentary film by National Geographic explorers-in-residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. The Okavango is a distinctive river. More… Read More
  • Spaceship Earth
    Matt Wolf, director

    Film

    Spaceship Earth

    In 1991, eight adventurers donned designer astronaut jumpsuits and began a 2-year mission in a 3-acre airtight terrarium in the Arizona desert called Biosphere 2 (Biosphere 1 being the environment the rest of us earthlings inhabit). A media circus, complete with cringeworthy celebrity cameos, surrounded the launch of the massive project that would be a… Read More
  • The Social Dilemma
    Jeff Orlowski, director

    Film

    The Social Dilemma

    “There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software.” This provocative observation, attributed to Yale computer scientist Edward Tufte, hits home in The Social Dilemma, as former executives from Facebook, Pinterest, Google, Twitter, and YouTube describe how they built online platforms to attract and reward our attention, with the goal… Read More
  • The Reason I Jump
    Jerry Rothwell, director

    Film

    The Reason I Jump

    It is difficult to know the mind of another person; it is harder still when that person has autism. Yet, understandably, a fervent desire of parents of autistic people is to know the minds of their children. In 2007, Naoki Higashida, an autistic 13-year-old boy in Japan, published The Reason I Jump, a description of… Read More
  • The Cost of Silence
    Mark Manning, director

    Film

    The Cost of Silence

    The 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion unleashed a catastrophic amount of oil, gas, and other toxic compounds into the Gulf of Mexico. As the massive spill overwhelmed responders, federal agencies approved the use of chemical dispersants by aerial spraying and injection into the oil plume at its source. Dispersants break up oil, which is highly toxic… Read More
  • Rise of the Mammals
    HHMI Tangled Bank Studios

    Film

    A new film offers a glimpse into the Cenozoic ascension of mammals

    We live in the Age of Mammals, yet warm-blooded beasts are still overshadowed by dinosaurs. Even when considering the last great shake-up to life’s story, when an enormous asteroid triggered a mass extinction that decimated dinosaurs and gave mammals a shot at terrestrial expansion, we are often more focused on the terrible lizards lost than… Read More
  • Human Nature
    Adam Bolt, director

    Film

    Slick visuals and compelling interviews render gene editing intelligible to nonexperts

    If you could cure a child suffering from sickle cell anemia, would you? This is the question at the center of Human Nature, a new documentary directed by Adam Bolt about the revolutionary gene-editing technology known as CRISPR. The documentary is visually stunning, thought-provoking, informative, and tightly focused on human health—which means that there are… Read More
  • Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    Michael Dogherty, director

    Film

    Godzilla’s extraordinary growth over time mirrors an increase in Anthropocene angst

    It would be a mistake to dismiss Godzilla: King of the Monsters as mindless pap or escapist fantasy. It is the 35th film in a series stretching to 1954, easily the longest in world cinema history. This fact alone invites scholarly attention, for icons are always a reflection of their times, and few have enjoyed… Read More
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