25 films from the Science New Wave — labocine.com
Last month, in parallel with our Survival-themed 11th Imagine Science Film Festival, we explored various challenges, crises, threats, and disasters — to humans, to the planet, to all that we share the biosphere with. But what comes after the struggle of survival? Rebirth, regrowth, renewal, recovery. Even if in unexpected or antithetical ways ways. New shoots spring from barren ground. Vibrant nature overtakes post-human landscapes. Surprising symbiotic allegiances are formed. And the forces of restoration may come from the unlikeliest sources.
After so many years in a dormant state, a young man sets off on a long, perilous yet healing journey from the mountain to the sea where he conducts his most ambitious symphony piece ever undertaken. This is the journey through the young man’s brain waking up and recovering the ability to detect motion.
Developing butterfly wings. Shown are the developing pupal wings of the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui). The wing primordia were dissected from the pupae (chrysalis) of these species. At the time of dissection the wings had little or no color to them. They were placed in a special media that allows the wings to continue to survive, and over the course of 70 hrs (Painted Lady) the color patterns appear in the wings.
Everything that is alive is hungry. A seed is hungry for light, a bird is hungry for flight, man is hungry for the touch of another. The seed of longing grows into what feeds us.
Sometimes the everyday is overshadowed by a feeling of disquiet. Tucked into the synaptic forests of our minds are memories that have never been properly encoded. They lurk in the cognitive purgatory of consciousness and oftentimes, appear alongside ordinary recollections. A Careful Resurrection begins with a typical narration but slowly evolves into a disconcerting monologue.
Aisha, Fatima and Ghareeb are amongst the best known honey specialists in the northern parts of the UAE. Ghareeb is also considered a beekeeper because he established a sanctuary at the top of the mountains, where he can be in control of the surrounding environment and protect his honeybees. Fatima and Aisha prefer to roam the mountains freely to find the highest natural honey. Meanwhile, the bees are coping with climate change, survival challenges and the production of honey. Involuntarily, the bees have become integral to the lives of Aisha, Fatima and Ghareeb. But, for how long and to what extent can the bees keep providing?
A contemplative journey through nature and its various facets, guides by a mysterious being. The voyage puts into question our place in the universe and makes us reflects on the elements that surround us.
Movie demonstrates the uniquely human features of the human blastocyst stage embryo compared to to mouse.
Butterfly Buckeye timelapse and zooms into the wing to show remarkable details
Based on Percy Shelley’s poem “The Dirge”, Ginevra depicts the aftermath of the murder of a young woman. As her distraught mother looks on, she learns that life after death involves a transition she never could have imagined.
Walking up to the Berkeley Pit viewing stand in Butte, Montana is like experiencing a strange, sterile birth. You enter a long, white tunnel lit with fluorescent tubes. A woman’s voice laid over innocuous country music echoes against the smooth walls. The recorded voice describes the history of this bizarre vestige of rabid industrialization.
A meditative exploration in a desolate natural environment that appears to emerge from a new world, this film confronts the landscape with music and poetry. We travel through the glaciers and lava fields of a forming world unspoiled by human activity.
1990, after the fall. A man struggles to survive in the forest, living alone in a small cabin. One day he spots a mysterious child in an abandoned summer camp.
A visually stunning film illuminating the minute battles of nature from the micro to macro scale as a rhinoceros beetle, attacked by a fungus, struggles between life and death. Even the tiniest things can have a huge impact.
Becoming is a short film about the miraculous genesis of animal life. In great microscopic detail, we see the ‘making of’ an Alpine Newt in its transparant egg from the first cell division to hatching. A single cell is transformed into a complete, complex living organism with a beating heart and running bloodstream.
The first stages of embryonic development are roughly the same for all animals, including humans. In the film, we can observe a universal process which normally is invisible: the very beginning of an animal’s life.
An examination of three weeds — coltsfoot, dandelion, and goldenrod and each weed’s direct effects on film stock via hand-processing with eco-processing techniques. The film reveals not only the visual characteristic of each plant but also of filmic qualities that each plant imparts on the film stock.
A science-fiction story set in an indistinct coastal region, between land and sea, above and below water.
El Captain disappears, one of his disciples takes a journey in the ocean to cut off the internet cable, the water level is rising, an amphibian woman appears at the shore looking for her mother, and the memories of two women in a ward intertwine. Scientist Dr. Sharaf is trying to congregate all of them — the members of the secret society of amphibians — in an attempt to save the world.
In spite of its apparent simplicity, Groeien (Grow) is a thought-provoking reflection on the theme of genetics and the effects that human intervention can have on the natural world. The natural growing movement of the plants are progressively accentuated until they become highly unnatural. Eventually they transform into ‘’living’’, moving paper organisms, as though heralding a genetic alteration of these same plants.
The skinny, young girl spends her time alone feeding pigeons in the park. But even they fly away from her. Suddenly, company turns up. But the beanpole feels uneasy about the new companionship, so she sets about going to a specialist for parasites.
We share our planet with over 2 million species, but up to two thousand become extinct every year. What if we could turn back the clock for one of them? Back to the Wild explores this question, tracing the journey of Nya and her fellow Scimitar-horned Oryx as they travel from Abu Dhabi and return home to Chad after being extinct in the wild for over 25 years. The film follows the Scimitar-horned Oryx Reintroduction Project — the largest mammalian re-introduction effort in history. It aims to serve as a blueprint for the re-introduction of species all over the world, and is a testament to the need to nurture and protect our natural environment for generations to come.
HOMO SAPIENS is a film about the finiteness and fragility of human existence and the end of the industrial age, and what it means to be a human being.
What will remain of our lives after we’re gone?
Empty spaces, ruins, cities increasingly overgrown with vegetation, crumbling asphalt: the areas we currently inhabit, though humanity has disappeared. Now abandoned and decaying, gradually reclaimed by nature after being taken from it so long ago.
HOMO SAPIENS is an ode to humanity as seen from a possible future scenario.
A hundred year old woman called Nada and her 75-year old daughter Vera have a tense but familiar relationship. The childlike Vera takes care of her frail, mute though at times cruel, mother until one evening a bat flies into Nada’s room and starts hibernating underneath her bed. The animal’s presence gradually reinvigorates the old woman, eternally and fatally changing the relationship between mother and daughter.
Film inspired by W. Goethe book about transformations in plants world, based on scientific movies made in laboratory.
After a near fatal car accident, Alex’s life completely changed. This is a conversation between Alex and his mother Janet.
Japan has been hard-hit by dreadful catastrophes in the past years: the earthquake, the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear central disaster. The authors try to bring some harmony and levity in various places of the Country, supported by a copious group of people participating in a workshop, and taking part in a series of performing actions of PIKa PIKa.
After the death of her partner and the rest of the migrating butterflies, the last monarch survivor has one last message to tell humanity.
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