Feature Films, Documentaries, and other Audio-Visual Resources with STS-related content
The Alien Trilogy (with S. Weaver) suspense/horroc sic-fi classic.
Altered States (genetic experimentation, regression)
And the Band Played On, directed by Spotiswode. USA: 1993 (discovery of the AIDS virus)
The Andromeda Strain (alien virus)
Apartment Zero 1989, (in Spanish) About surveillance and loss during the years of the Dirty War in Argentina
Apollo 13 (technological failure & recovery)
Blog Wars (2006) Directed by James Rogan
Brazil. Terry Gilliam’s dystopian satire exploring the tensions between beauracracy, technology and human relationships
Buying the War (2007) PBS Frontline with Bill Moyers
Capricorn One describes in fiction how a landing on Mars was not real, but filmed in a studio
Catfish (2010) Created by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.
Cloud Atlas, USA 2012 (in English.) “From acclaimed filmmakers Lana Wachowski, Tom Tykwer, and Andy Wachowski, the powerful and inspiring epic drama “Cloud Atlas” explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future.”
Control Room (2004) Directed by Jehane Noujaim.
The Conversation, surveillance, wiretapping, and dark struggles of the soul
The Day the Earth Stood Still (electricity)
Desk Set (office technology)
Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier (2010) PBS Frontline Directed and Produced by Rachel Dretzin
Equilibrium (2002) directed by Kurt Wimmer. In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death.
Fairytale – A True Story (1997) featuring Arthur Conan Doyle (for) Harry Houdini (against) in the true story of contested photographs of fairies produced by two girls in 1920s England
Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control human impulse to control nature, the nature of life & death, consciousness
Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, an exploration of the promise and perils of human enhancement technologies
Een geschenk uit de hemel, De slag om de Brent Spar, Kees de Groot van Embden, 2000, VPRO-television, Hilversum.
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (2011) Directed by Morgan Spurlock
Hey Watch This! Sharing the Self Through Media (2013). An ethnographic film directed by Patricia G. Lange that explores digital identities and media usage through its analysis of the rise and fall of YouTube as a social media site. Film website: http://www.patriciaglange.org/page2/page2.html
Human Nature (M.Gondry) Comments on the nature-human divide in post/late/modernity
Kitchen Stories. A feature film based on a Swedish study in the 1950s of how bachelors use their kitchens. This is the last word on the anachronistic, social scientific ideal of “observation” without “participation.”
Man Facing Southeast (Spanish: Hombre mirando al sudeste) is a 1986 Argentine drama-science fiction film written and directed by Eliseo Subiela and starring Lorenzo Quinteros and Hugo Soto.
On YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvvUYPkoljA
The Man in the White Suit (plastics / new fibers)
Manufacturing Consent (1992) Directed by Mark Achbar and Wintonick
The Milagro Beanfield War (environment / water / politics)
Mindwalk, based on Fritjof Capra’s book The Turning Point
The Mouse That Roared (atomic bomb humor)
No Te Mueras Sin Decirme Adónde Vas by Eliseo Subiela. (In Spanish.) About love, death, reincarnation, a different conception of time.
The Persuaders (2004) PBS Frontline Directed by Rachel Dretzin, Barak Goodman
Planet of the Apes (time travel, alternate universe)
The Prestige (using Tesla’s alleged technology to perform magic tricks and the problems of teleportation)
Quest for Fire (early human’s maintain fire, lose fire, seek fire, learn how to make fire and weapons)
The Race for the Double Helix (original title Life Story) (1987, 97 minutes). Stars Jeff Goldblum as James Watson and Tim Piggot-Smith as Francis Crick. Follows Waton’s Double Helix faithfully and so contains numerous misrepresentations but is still a riveting portrayal of one of the century’s most consequential discoveries.
Soft Science by Rachel Mayeri, a compilation of videos by artists and scientists she put together, as a resource. Topics include genomics, scientists, pharmecuticals, ecology, synthetic biology…
Soylent Green (environment / food industry)
Splice (genetic engineering / lab horror)
The Status Films (2011) Directed by Andrew Filippone Jr. A 4-part documentary culled from public Facebook updates
Todo sobre mi madre – dir.Pedro Almodovar
War Made Easy: How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death (2007) Directed by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp
The Way to Eden (Robert-Adrian Pejo) Documentary about the craft of systematically taking apart bodies, and ultimately about dignity inside the iron cage of modern rationality.
We Live in Public (2009) Directed by Ondi Timoner
The Yes Men Fix the World (2009) Directed by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno