This field casts each and every one of us as possible subjects for research, uncovering the trends and forces that define and dictate human behaviour.
Connected | Director: Tiffany Shlain
Year of production: 2011 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Have you ever faked a restroom trip to check your email? Or become so overwhelmed that you just unplugged from it all? In this funny, eye-opening, and inspiring film, Tiffany Shlain takes audiences on an exhilarating rollercoaster ride to discover what it means to be connected in the 21st century. Using a brilliant mix of animation, archival footage, and home movies, Shlain reveals the surprising ties that link us not only to the people we love but also to the world at large. A personal film with universal relevance, Connected explores how, after centuries of declaring our independence, it may be time for us to declare our interdependence instead.
The Shelter | Director: Fernand Melgar
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Switzerland | Language: English, French, Romanian, Spanish, Wolof (with full English subtitles available)
A winter spent in the heart of an emergency shelter for homeless people in Lausanne. At the entrance to this hidden bunker, each night the same dramatic ritual unfolds, leading to occasionally violent confrontations. The watchmen have the difficult task of “sorting the poor”: women and children first, men later if there is room. Even if the shelter can hold 100 people, only 50 “chosen ones” will be allowed inside to receive a hot meal and a bed. The others know that the night will be a long one.
(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.
One Day on Earth | Director: Kyle Ruddick
Year of production: 2012 | Country of production: USA | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
ONE DAY ON EARTH is the first film made in every country of the world on the same day. We see both the challenges and hopes of humanity from a diverse group of volunteer filmmakers assembled by a participatory media experiment. The world is greatly interconnected, enormous, perilous, and wonderful.
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.
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.
The Chimpanzee Complex | Director: Marc Schmidt
Year of production: 2015 | Country of production: Netherlands | Language: Dutch, English (with full English subtitles available)
The main characters are ‘humanized’ chimps, who after years in captivity must learn to live among their own species again. Many of them were taken from the wild at a very young age and never learned any practical or social skills as apes. A vulnerable, paradoxical process that raises fundamental ethical questions and reminds us of where we come from.
Sleepless in New York | Director: Christian Frei – SLEEPLESS IN NEW YORK
Year of production: 2014 | Country of production: Switzerland | Language: English (with full English subtitles available)
Often laughed off as nothing more than an affliction of adolescence, lovesickness becomes the topic of a sensitive and compelling documentary film. Christian Frei dives into the frenzied nights of the newly rejected. Nights full of pain and tears, yet also wakefulness and creativity.
Anthropologist Helen Fisher researches the astounding and profound processes that are unfolding in the brain of the lovesick. Has nature overdone it? The film explores the difficult path out of self-destructive obsessive behavior, toward a new self. And it wonders about the unwavering desire – despite it all – for love.
Where is my Son? | Director: Chaiman Ahn
Year of production: 2013 | Country of production: Korea (South) | Language: Korean (with full English subtitles available)
Giseon Kwon lost her husband shortly after the birth of their son. She dedicated her entire life to her only son. JunKyo Lee had a successful career in the big city, and after more than 50 years came back to his hometown of Andong.
Before it was too late, JunKyo wanted to make his mom happy during her final years. This documentary records their last year-and-half together, offering a meditation on family and loyalty.
50 Years! Of Love? | Director: Karin Slater Steven Bartlo
Year of production: 2008 | Country of production: South Africa | Language: Dutch, English (with full English subtitles available)
What is it like to be married for 50 years? Are there any secrets that can help make it work?
The filmmakers are a couple who set out to take an honest look at marriage beyond the honeymoon and the "happily ever after" cliches. Only after completing their tour will they decide whether or not to take this giant step themselves. The research takes the filmmakers to meet "veteran" couples in the USA, South Africa, Holland and India, all of whom have been married for over 50 years.