Science Week 2017 - SCINEMA International Science Film Festival - 'The Best...

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Penshurst Branch Library

630 Forest Road

Penshurst, NSW 2222


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Are you fascinated about the world around you, how it works, and our place in it? Georges River Libraries will host free screenings of SCINEMA international science film festival films during National science week. Now in its 14th year, SCINEMA showcases science features, shorts, documentaries, and animated and experimental films from filmmakers around the world.

Expect tales told through the power of the moving image about the long slog and occasional thrill of discovery, the awesome scale of our universe, the beauty of nature, environmental challenges that we face on our planet, and how technology will shape our future.

National science week runs 12-20 August 2017. SCINEMA is presented by Australia’s Science Channel.

Monday 14 August
Penshurst Library

Program for Penshurst - The best of SCINEMA


Award for Technical Merit

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.


Best Shoft FilmSubtitled (Spain)

It’s the summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Oscar does not believe him… at least not for now.

“A quirkily charming and entertaining film.”

Pangolins in peril - A story of rare scales

Award for Scientific Merit

Subtitled (Pakistan) Themes of animal cruelty

The rare secretive Pangolin plays a vital ecological role but is on the verge of extinction. Two brave and passionate wildlife watchers fight against the odds to save the endangered Pangolin.

“Simply and beautifully produced film that shows conservation biology in a political and social setting”

The purple plain

Best Director

How different would things have been if it had been one small step for a woman, and one giant leap for mankind? Inspired by the true story of Mercury 13; the first women who tested for space flight.

Think like a scientist: natural selection in an outbreak

Best Experimental/Animation

Computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti and disease ecologist Lina Moses bring us to the front line of the 2013-15 Ebola epidemic and explain the science behind how this event became the largest Ebola outbreak in history.

Fix And Release

Best Documentary

Scenes of animal surgery

An amazing team at a turtle trauma centre in Ontario, Canada is determined to battle to even the odds for freshwater turtle survival in the modern world.

“An important story, well told and beautifully shot”

Test tube babes

Special Jury Award

Two sisters that are the outcome of IVF, explain the amazing science of reproductive biology with wit and charm.

“You’ll never look at a paw-paw the same way again!”

OWSIA (darkened water)

Best Film

Subtitled (Iran) Mild Coarse Language

The aqueduct in the central Iranian city of Yazd has supplied water to the city for 2,500 years, now rots away due to bureaucracy and corruption.

“A fascinating well-made film about this living UNESCO heritage site, social politics and the complex issue of water rights”

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