Program 2021

Scientists-as-Filmmakers 2020-2021
Only films from this category are screened online on 19-25 November, then in the Filmpodium Cinema on 26-28 November

Now online: Films 2021 & Films 2020

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Friday 26 November,15:00

WILD UTOPIA

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 3 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Dilsad Dagtekin

University of Zurich

Thais Guillen Otero

University of Zurich

Nathalie Leutenegger 

University of Zurich

Marion Nyffennegger 

Filmmaker

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STORY

Climate change and humans are destroying habitable spaces for animals every day. Wild Utopia tells the story of Dan, a teenage deer who is searching for his own patch of forest. A journey full of challenges begins. Will he make it? 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Friday 26 November,15:00

VERDRAENGT

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 3 min, German/English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Fabienne Frey

University of Bern

Frederik Baumgarten

WSL

ETH Zurich

Matthias Santschi

ETH Zurich

Valentina Huwiler

University of Basel

Isabella Sedivy

Filmmaker

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STORY

Infrastructure planning in Switzerland is primarily focused on human needs. Nature as a habitat for a variety of animals and plants is often forgotten. This film shows solutions for a sustainable coexistence.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Friday 26 November,18:00

WHO IS (NOT) SWISS?

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 4 min, English/German

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Kristina Eiviler
University of Zurich

Monika Molnar
University of Zurich

Petra Sidler
FHNW & NCCR – on the move

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STORY

Appearances may lead to curiosity about where someone is from, oblivious of how such a curiosity may label me different from you and thus may impinge on personal belonging.  

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Friday 26 November,18:00

LISTEN TO ME

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 4 min, German/English 

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Sara Lynch

University of Bern

Christoph Neuenschwander

University of Bern

Inez Derkx

University of Zurich

Jeannine Oberli

Filmmaker

University of Zurich

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STORY

The documentary explores what it means for women to have a voice, where they do not feel heard, and which changes should be made in order to amplify their voices in honour of the 50th anniversary of women’s right to vote in Switzerland. 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,11:00

A SOUND JOURNEY

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 3 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Florence Steiner

University of Zurich

Huw Swanborough

University of Zurich

Gwen Schönfeld

University of Zurich

Martina Conti

PHSZ

Halil Kesselring

Filmmaker

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STORY

Everyday communication requires our brains to perform multi-facetted signal processing of highest complexity. In this video we follow the intricate subconscious processes it takes to make even a simple conversation work successfully.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,11:00

WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT MOLLY?

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 3 min, English/German

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Bo Cheng

University of Zurich

Christoph Markus Häfelfinger

University of Basel

Cristina Bellotti

University of Zurich

Dominika Zielinska

University of Zurich

Julia Kamml

ETH Zurich

Kajetana Bevc

ETH Zurich

Nicole Friedli

University of Zurich

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STORY

Molly, Ecstasy, MDMA. Different names, same party drug. Let’s have a look at a pill’s journey and at its effects on our body.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,14:00

THE BITTER STORY OF SWEETNESS

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 4 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Braida Thom 

ETH Zurich

Claude Müller

ETH Zurich

Dila Suay

University of Zurich

Hélène Iven

ETH Zurich

Geena Gasser

Filmmaker

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STORY

The bitter story of sweetness is taking the audience on a journey from the darkness inside a cocoa pod to the darkness of a stomach. 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,14:00

FOREST WEAVE

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 2 min, No dialogue

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Marion Nyffennegger

Filmmaker

Sigrid van Grinsven

Eawag

Melanie Grütter

ISEK

Alison Pouliot

Photographer

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STORY

All life interacts. We are kin.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,16:30

LEARNING MACHINE

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 3 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Christian Horvat

University of Bern

Satyajeet Rao

University of Zurich

Rita Saleh

ETH Zürich

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STORY

In machine learning, we try to learn how data is generated. In this short video, we show how this could actually look like from the perspective of the data-points. 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,16:30

MATERIAL DARWINISM

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 3 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Johanna Gollnhofer

University of St. Gallen

Chiara Potenza

University of Bern 

Agnes Rameder

University of Zurich 

Maja Schneider

University of Bern

Halil Kesselring

Filmmaker

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STORY

Material Darwinism is the story of a consumer that faces the challenge of decluttering her home. 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,19:30

CONCRETE

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020,1min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Patrick Valeri

EPFL

Valérian Zeender

University of Zurich

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STORY

While concrete is seen as a monotonous voracious green-space eater, it is still one of the central actor of our modern infrastructures. But did you realise that concrete is more than a material and that its quality depends on the use we make of it?

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Saturday 27 November,19:30

DUST PUZZLES

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 7 min, English/German

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Tatiana Drozhzhova

University of Bern

Eashan Saikia

ETH Zurich

Holly Larson Capelo

University of Bern

ETH Zurich

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STORY

All of us are made from stardust. But how where the first small space bodies formed out of space dust? Rushing to the examination, Dave asks for help from his pocket artificial intelligent HAL-IE with this last exam question, but to receive an answer Dave should pass through her puzzles.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,11:30

JOURNEY OF A PROTON

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 3 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Pranitha Kamat

University of Zurich

Gayatri Muthukrishnan

PSU

Dance Your Science 

Sharmila Bansal Rao 

University of Zurich

Dance Your Science 

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STORY

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN is a human endeavor. It took over two decades and 35000 people globally to unravel how the smallest building blocks of all matter receive mass. In this film, we use Bharatanatyam, an Indian Classical Dance, to illustrate the journey of protons in the LHC.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,11:30

LISTEN UP

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 3 min, English/German

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Gabriel Jorgewich Cohen

University of Zürich

Lilly Jorgewich Cohen

Filmmaker

Geena Gasser

Filmmaker

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STORY

Humans and other animals use sounds as a way of communicating in their daily lives. It is a mystery how/when this ability appeared, but the answer might be hidden in a group of animals no one would suspect.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,15:30

NO DENIAL

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 4 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Bennet Schwoon

University of Zurich

Nazek Noureddine

University of Zurich

Francesco Giardina

ETH Zurich

Daniela Ivan

University of Bern

Kristina Berve

University of Bern

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STORY

`NO DENIAL` highlights a recent discovery by a team of Swiss Scientists studying the mechanisms behind SARS-Covid-19 viral infection and underlines the necessity of a closer collaboration between scientists and the media to fight against misinformation.
 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,15:30

ORGANS-ON-WHAT?

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 4 min, English/German

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Jan Schulte

University of Bern

Lia Katharina Dahl

University of Bern

Monica Dragan

ETH Zurich 

Barbara Jozef

EAWAG

Valerie Bugmann

Filmmaker

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STORY

The story of a novel technology leaving its mark on laboratory experimentation. We follow the work of two friends in biological science, each with different approaches on the technological scale. How do conventional in vitro models perform against Organs on chips?

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,15:30

THE TIP TRIGGER

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 4 min, No dialogue

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Catalina Chaparro

EAWAG

Melina Jobbins

University of Zurich

Carlos Ramirez

University of Bern

Sabrina Stettler 

Filmmaker

Tobias Wechsler

WSL

University of Bern

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STORY

THE TIP TRIGGER is an analogy that demonstrates tipping points through the story of a friendly frog that sees its habitat being slowly destroyed as its neighbours ignore the issue. 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,19:15

WAKE UP

now online

SWITZERLAND 2020, 2 min, English

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Özhan Özkaya

University of Zurich

Alizée Le Moigne

University of Zurich

Ekaterina Koleva

ETH Zurich 

Allen Puente-Urbina

ETH Zurich

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STORY

An environmentally depressed man gives up fighting for the environment then wakes up in green utopia after an accident.

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,19:15

SOUL WOUND

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 4 min, Kinyarwanda/English/German

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Céléstin Mutuyimana

University of Zurich

Céline Nauer

University of Zurich

ETH Zurich

Yinyin Ma

ETH Zurich

Eawag

Eda Elif Tibet 

Filmmaker

University of Bern

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STORY

The post-traumatic symptoms of survivors often go beyond the individual level. Survivors continue to suffer from the overlooked cumulative, collective and intergenerational long-term effects of trauma, now known as Historical Trauma. 

Zurich (Filmpodium Cinema)

Sunday 28 November,19:15

DECISIONS

now online

SWITZERLAND 2021, 2 min, English/German

SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS

Tatiana Alonso Amor

SwissTPH

Lita Palomares

University of Basel

Jagannath Biswakarma

Eawag

Albert Blanch

Filmmaker

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STORY

DECISIONS is a short story of a young woman going through her everyday life and making decisions.