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  • 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
  • Bedlam
    Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, director

    Film

    Bedlam

    The public health statistics presented in Bedlam, the new film by director Kenneth Paul Rosenberg, are horrifying: 350,000 people with mental illness sleep on U.S. streets each night, the nation’s three largest prisons are its three largest psychiatric facilities, and half the people killed in confrontations with police are mentally ill. The causes explored in… Read More
  • The Great Hack
    Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim, directors

    Film

    The Great Hack

    Under what circumstances should your personal information on social media be shared, and who should be the gatekeeper? These are among the most important questions facing society and are the focus of The Great Hack, Karim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s documentary about the Facebook–Cambridge Analytica scandal. Cambridge Analytica, the British political consulting firm founded by… Read More
  • Apollo 11
    Todd Douglas Miller, director

    Film

    Apollo 11

    Apollo 11 distills a trove of recently discovered archival materials to provide an unprecedented view of the first-ever attempt to send humans to the Moon and bring them back again. More than 300 reels of large-format film were converted by using a one-of-a-kind digital scanner, and ~11,000 hours of audiotape, featuring the audio feed of… Read More
  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    Chiwetel Ejiofor, director

    Film

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

    Most of us take electricity and running water for granted, but in rural Malawi, electricity is still a rarity, and water often comes from buckets hauled by hand out of wells. The new film The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, is inspired by the true story of William Kamkwamba’s remarkable ingenuity… Read More
  • I Am Mother
    Grant Sputore, director

    Film

    I Am Mother

    I Am Mother envisions a near future in which an intelligent machine controls the fate of the human species after a major extinction event. The droid “Mother” presides over a repopulation facility housing 63,000 human embryos in a state of arrested development. It has a soothing female voice (Rose Byrne), but its mechanical facial expressions… Read More
  • The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
    Alex Gibney, director

    Film

    The Inventor

    “I don’t have many secrets,” says Elizabeth Holmes at the outset of The Inventor, which tells the story of the rise and fall of her company, Theranos. In 2003 at the age of 19, Holmes set out to transform the health care industry, promising a technology that could conduct a large number of tests by… Read More
  • Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements
    Irene Taylor Brodsky, director

    Film

    Moonlight Sonata

    Director Irene Taylor Brodsky’s award-winning 2007 documentary Hear and Now told the story of her deaf parents’ decision to get cochlear implants late in life. Her new film, Moonlight Sonata, contrasts her father’s lifelong experience of deafness with that of her son Jonas. Deaf since birth, Brodsky’s father, Paul Taylor, was taught to speak by… Read More
  • The Elephant Queen
    Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble, directors

    Film

    The Elephant Queen

    In the visually stunning documentary The Elephant Queen, a violent thunderstorm brings renewed life to a watering hole in what narrator Chiwetel Ejiofor refers to as “the Kingdom” region of Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. The area is home to an elephant herd led by 50-year-old matriarch Athena, one of the last of the massive tuskers. Read More
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