The evolving study of behavior and thought strives to unlock the secrets of the human mind and help us to understand why people do what they do.
Shock Room | Director: Kathryn Millard
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Australia | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
In the early 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram, in seeking to understand the Holocaust, ran a series of controversial experiments on obedience. An authority figure orders you to inflict pain on another person by activating electric shocks. Most of us will obey, claimed Milgram. But will we? And were Milgram’s experiments as much art as science? Dramatising previously un-filmed versions of the world’s most famous psychology experiment, SHOCK ROOM turns a light on the dark side of human behavior and forces us to ask ourselves: what would I do?
White Rage | Director: Arto Halonen
Year of production: 2016 | Country of production: Finland | Language: English, Finnish (with full English subtitles available)
Lauri is an academic researcher and respected scientist specializing in human aggression and violence. During his childhood, he experienced extreme bullying. At two points – as a teen and again as a university student – he began to develop serious fantasies about committing mass murder. The documentary goes through Lauri's life journey; how he became a carrier of "white rage" and how he took action to fight against this phenomena and stop it from over taking him.
(Dis)Honesty | Director: Yael Melamede
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
It’s human nature to lie; we all do it! From scandalous headlines to little white lies, (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies explores the complex impact dishonesty has on our lives and everyday society.
Interweaving groundbreaking experiments from celebrated behavioral economist Dan Ariely with personal stories from individuals affected by the unraveling of their lies, Ariely and a team of scientists uncover our propensity to be dishonest—sometimes even unknowingly. What’s revealed is a fascinating look at the forces behind our collective behavior and the many truths behind lies.
Radical Evil | Director: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Austria, Germany | Language: English, German (with full English subtitles available)
"We were only following orders." This remarkable film asks why Nazi soldiers agreed to do what they did, exploring how killing became a routine, how these men managed to excuse themselves, how they were manipulated by their leaders. It's the blueprint of a genocide. We hear the killers' thoughts as they wrote them down in letters and diaries at the time, and what they said in court years later. RADICAL EVIL is marked by Oscar®-winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky’s scenic transformations and DoP Benedict Neuenfel's development of a unique visual language.
Like The Others | Director: Constantin Wulff
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Austria | Language: German (with full English subtitles available)
Mental illness is still a taboo in our society, even more so when it concerns children. A rare insight into the daily life at a child and adolescent psychiatric centre – we meet dedicated therapists, parents and patients with very different problems, united in the struggle to feel "like the others".
Pets On Prozac | Director: Patrick Reed
Year of production: 2009 | Country of production: Canada | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Pet spas offer "paw-dicures"; celebrity chefs dish up treats at pet delis; and everything from braces to stem cell transplants to heart surgery is now available for your pet... assuming you can afford it. The newest trend is the most controversial and revealing: psychoactive drugs for dogs and cats. Identifying a multi-billion dollar untapped market, Big Pharma has just released a handful of designer drugs for pets, treating aggression, separation anxiety, obesity, and diminished mental capacity due to aging, with more medications to follow.
Life 2.0 | Director: Jason Spingarn-Koff
Year of production: 2010 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Every day, across all corners of the globe, millions of users log onto Second Life, a virtual online world populated by real-life-like avatars. Life 2.0 follows a group of people whose lives are dramatically consumed by the virtual world of Second Life. They reside in this new reality, where inhabitants assume alternate personas in the form of avatars—with digital alter egos that can be sculpted and manipulated on a whim.
One Minute for Conductors | Director: Angel Esteban Elena Goatelli
Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Italy, Spain | Language: English, German, Italian, Japanese (with full English subtitles available)
A exclusive look into a week-long, nerve-wrecking competition in which 130 young people from all over the world compete to be crowned as the best international conductor.
Following the preparations of five of the finalist, exploring how their love of music and the complex art of conducting are put the test during the gruelling competition. The sharp-eyed jury spots every gesture, every attack of nerves. Interviews are intercut with footage of the competition. How can this calm and beautiful music be produced by such a tense and brutal competitive process?
To See If I’m Smiling | Director: Tamar Yarom
Year of production: 2007 | Country of production: Israel | Language: Hebrew (with full English subtitles available)
Israel has the only army in the world to draw women for mandatory military service. Here, female soldiers share their perspective on a seemingly endless war and the moral challenges inherent in their relationship to the Palestinian population. The women look back critically at the way they handled the power that was placed in their young hands at the young age of eighteen and courageously answer the painful questions that were never asked during their time in the army. Did they really smile in these pictures?
American Psyche | Director: Paul van den Boom
Year of production: 2007 | Country of production: Canada | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
AMERICAN PSYCHE explores the every-day American perspective on social and political life in America following the events of 9/11.
Travelling from New York City to Los Angeles, two European filmmakers conduct a series of interviews with Americans of diverse race, gender, religion and socio-economic standing. As they travel across America, listening to the stories of every-day people, they explore the current climate of social and political life in the United States.