Compelling films paired with lively talks by experts in science, technology and medicine.
Each film is a jumping off point for discussion by a compelling speaker, offering opportunities to explore and think about science in new ways. The perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment!
CHILDREN OF MEN (2006)
In the year 2027, eighteen years since the last baby was born, disillusioned Theo (Clive Owen) becomes an unlikely champion of the human race when he is asked by his former lover (Julianne Moore) to escort a young pregnant woman out of the country as quickly as possible.
SPEAKER: Dr. Halina Wiczyk, Reproductive Endocrinologist at Baystate Medical Center
TOPIC: Ovarian aging, environmental effects on fertility and new frontiers in fertility treatment
Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream!
SPEAKER: Dr. Salman Hameed, Hampshire College, astronomer and Director of the Center for the Study of Science in Muslim Societies
TOPIC: A look into Iranian society through the eyes of a teenage girl who studies the night skies. This film provides a welcome respite from the prevalent political rhetoric about Iran in the news and gives us a slice of Iranian life in a small town.
BONUS: After the screening, there will be telescopes set up outside the cinema for stargazing (weather permitting).