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“Brave New World” tribute in Thessaloniki


Spectacular technological discoveries, big science achievements, innovative ideas; what is their impact on human health and well being, as well as our way of living in general? The question is complicated and the answers pose important issues to discuss about.


Based on the above concept, the 20th anniversary edition of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival presents the “Brave New World” tribute, with
5 documentaries of recent production that will have their Greek premiere in Thessaloniki (free admission).


Documentaries about cyborgs that live among us, a 100-year-old scientific challenge, two beekeepers that strive to make a difference, Polaroid fans who still worship this great discovery, as well as an unexpectedly entertaining way to understand science, comprise the tapestry of stories presented in the tribute.


Cyborgs among Us by Rafel Duran Torrent: Science fiction already becomes reality, according to the documentary that points to the place where man meets machine in the form of cyborgs. A profound revolution regarding health services is in progress, with many benefits that stem from the rapid technological advance.



Instant Dreams by Willem Baptist: In 2008 Polaroid went bankrupt, with its numerous employees desperately seeking employment. However, its spirit and aesthetics live on, as a group of artists and workers buy an old Polaroid factory in the Netherlands and revive instant film, offering employment to many who are in need.



Let There Be Light by Mila Aung-Thwin and Van Royko: Scientists from all over the world are trying to build an artificial sun by achieving nuclear fusion, the holy grail of energy that has driven them to the edge of reason for almost a century. The film follows this unprecedented effort to ensure our species’ long-term survival in health – with minimum cost.


Science Reactors: Communicating Science from a Different Perspective by Lila Mokou: Is it possible to simplify science and make it accessible to the general public? A group of scientists use stand-up comedy with the aim to “open up” their work to a broader audience, presenting it in a simple, comprehensible and entertaining manner. Behind their effort lies the belief that the work of scientists is fully meaningful only when it meets people in their everyday life, radically improving the way they live.


The Time of the Bees by Rossella Anitori and Darel Di Gregorio: Two young beekeepers attempt to breed bees in a natural way, encountering along the path a series of problems that will test their experiment and their friendship. The possibility of an alternative way to manage the product of bees –precious for our health and a major contribution to the environment– emerges.



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Vanessa McMahon Covered the 13th and 14th, and 16th edition.
Catherine Esway has covered the 12th edition of Thessaloniki Documentary Festival
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