It may be too overwhelming to understand the world of documentary movies: many interesting movies are shown only at movie festivals, others – once on television, and some movies are immediately posted on the Internet or released on DVD.
The “360 ° International Science and Technology Movie Festival” is one of the key educational projects, the task of which is to show thematic documentary movies related to science, technology, and new ideas about the world and society. We have collected 9 interesting science and technology documentaries from the 360 ° festival that are worth your time. These movies are especially interesting for curious students. Students may also want to buy coursework.
The Chimpanzee Complex
The movie by independent Dutch documentary moviemaker Mark Schmidt is dedicated to a rehabilitation center for chimpanzees – monkeys are often traumatized by negligent owners (and vice versa: chimpanzees are dangerous and many who keep them simply do not know how much). This happened, for example, with the protagonist of the Chimpanzee Complex, a forty-year-old Mojo: before the clinic, he lived with a woman who taught him to eat pasta, watch cartoons and drink alcohol. Now he has to re-learn to communicate and live with his fellows under the supervision of specialists. Schmidt’s movie observes the lives of chimpanzees and those who care for them, their emotional clashes, and ethical issues that cause their relationship with each other. Can a person understand another being? Is it possible to go beyond the boundaries of your perception to try to help another species? How are chimpanzees different from us?
Frederiku Lobu, a Portuguese, worked as a cameraman and sound engineer in documentary movies for over ten years and then began making his own, independent movies. His co-author Thiago España studied architecture and then studied documentary movies in Barcelona. The Industrial Revolution is a meditative portrait of the valley of the Portuguese river Avi, which has become the center of local industry over the past hundred years. The directorial tandem of Lobu and Hispani shows the revolution through the eyes of people living on the banks of the river: how the industry is destroying homes and families, how the locals are trying to fight automation of production and factory slavery, and how hard it is to manage to resist the industrial revolution.
An imposing portrait of the Large Hadron Collider by the Austrian documentary moviemaker Nikolaus Geirhalter, author of the black and white Pripyat about people living near Chernobyl. The largest experimental device in the history of mankind, Geirhalter, shows how a triumph of collaboration and routine work of scientists from different parts of the world. CERN is built around the question of whether the discovery of the Higgs boson is worth the enormous effort, money, and energy spent, allows you to get to know the collider better and understand what its true purpose is.
Norwegian thriller about the role of drones in warfare. Director Tonye Hessen Schei, through dozens of interviews – with State Department officials, soldiers, lawyers, and engineers – is trying to solve the ethical problem of the purpose of military drones. What is it – a murder weapon or a method of protection? After 9/11, the US government signed a secret decree stating that al-Qaeda members can be killed anywhere. Technically, it became possible thanks to drones. Now pilots are recruited at gamer conferences because no one can handle the controls better than them. A Drone looks at the war field from different perspectives, allowing all sides of this debate to speak, speaks fluently about today’s military industry, investigates how world leaders get involved in a war, and tries to understand the perception of what it is all about.
Ice and the Sky
The closing movie of the Cannes Movie Festival, a multimedia project on global climate change directed by Luc Jacquet, author of March of the Penguins and winner of the Oscar for Best Documentary. Jacquet earned a master’s degree in biology and ecology from the University of Lyon, then went on a 14-month Antarctic wildlife expedition. His “Birds 2: Journey to the End of the World” became the highest-grossing documentary in history, and “Once Upon a Time in the Woods” was nominated for a Cesar. “Ice and the Sky” tells the story of global warming through the eyes of Claude Lorius, a polar explorer and climatologist. Half a century ago, he volunteered on an Antarctic expedition, where ice attracted his attention – Lorius realized that this is a unique material by which one can study the 400-year history of climate change on Earth. Jacquet travels back in time with his hero to demonstrate what human efforts have brought the planet to.
The Last Man on the Moon
A movie by Briton Mark Craig screened at this year’s SXSW festival. The story of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the last person to set foot on the moon and left his footprints and the initials of his daughter on the lunar surface. Now, forty years later, he tells his deeply personal, but at the same time, an epic love story for a satellite of the Earth, where he visited three times – first in 1966, then in 1969, and 1972. Burning ambition, fame, privilege, loss, and the enormous price he had to pay for his love of space are the center of this story, which fits perfectly into the remark of Cernan’s wife: “If you think that going to the moon is difficult, try to stay at home.” … Craig combines interviews with archival footage and cartoons, making us ponder bitterly why space exploration, so popular in the 20th century, is now perceived in a completely different way on our planet.
The starting point of the plot is the arrival of aliens, but the aliens themselves do not appear in the movie. They stand behind the camera and let the power of this world speak out: each has prepared some kind of speech and some kind of scenario for this case. Almost everyone starts with the question “Why did you come here?” Representatives of world powers offer options for the development of events, scientists talk about their own guesses and research, representatives of defense ministries are thinking over options for defensive operations. There is even a lawyer who has long been ready for such a turn and wants to discuss the legal issues of the presence of an alien delegation on Earth. At the same time, a sedate and funny movie by Madsen is a large portrait of humanity, which, even in the presence of the fantastic, instead of being genuinely surprised, first of all, makes a serious face, is wary, and puts on an expensive tie.
David Attenborough’s Natural History Museum Alive
The famous English TV presenter and naturalist talks about his favorite London Museum of Natural History. In his movie, 3D animation reigns: the skeletons of fossil animals come to life, fly, crawl, and fight with each other during one night. First of all, Attenborough himself, the younger brother of actor Richard Attenborough, the creator of ten famous documentary series about nature, had wild success on television. If you’ve ever seen a BBC natural history movie, chances are it was his creation. If not (which is unlikely), then the Museum of Natural History gives a complete picture of this person’s passion for a lively mind, an easy, unobtrusive manner of presentation, and complete obsession with the world around him – even those that disappeared from the planet thousands of years ago.