Shorts 1: Risks of Progress
(Pásmo 1: Rizika pokroku)

60 min.
Film   english friendly
VO
Nicolas Gourault | France | 19 min.
Have you ever thought about a world where cars would drive themselves? Would you sit down and do a crossword puzzle, eat, or even watch your favorite film during the journey?
The idea of self-driving cars came with the modernization of the world. From a technological standpoint, it involves a demanding programming and testing process, but the perceived consumer convenience is worth it. The documentary VO follows the first rides of self-driving cars from Uber, which began testing in 2018. Their vehicles are controlled by a computer program that makes it easier to navigate in space and choose their route. The vision of such cars sounds interesting in daily life, but are they safe and fully responsive to unexpected events?

DermaBread
Kaisu Koski | United Kingdom | 1 min.
Explore this pain extraordinaire as it is used to simulate skin surgeries and train depth perception.
The short experimental documentary by artist and scientist Kaisu Koski presents a speculative surgical simulator. In her work and research, Koski deals with the relationship between humans and nonhuman issues including climate change and vaccine rejection.

Our Ark
Deniz Tortum, Kathryn Hamilton | United States | 12 min.
We are facing not only a deluge but increasingly frequent natural disasters of various kinds. However, in the modern myth of Noah’s Ark, humanity does not gather animals onto a ship but backs them up in virtual space.
As the number of species on the brink of extinction increases and ecological catastrophe looms, there is a growing desire to preserve what could be lost forever. So humanity stores clones of animal species in digital archives, attempting to replicate the real world instead of saving it. In the face of woeful reality, there is a more comforting refuge—simulation theory.

Nuisance Bear
Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden | Canada | 14 min.
Migration is an inherent part of polar bears’ everyday life. But what happens when they come across the human world along the way? Will they ignore it and move on, or will curiosity make them stop and start exploring?
The documentary looks at the polar bear’s view of the human world that it encounters during its annual migration. The long journey is full of obstacles to overcome, one of them being the town of Churchill in northern Canada. People in the town see the bear as a threat, a destroyer, and an excellent object to photograph. However, the main question is, “How do they see us?”

The Problem of the Hydra
Maija Tammi | Finland | 9 min.
The Problem of the Hydra is an experimental documentary film asking more questions than it answers. Using the example of a microscopic creature, the water polyp (Hydra vulgaris), the film questions any terminology you may have considered firmly established.
The film keeps the audience on its toes throughout its run. Be it the tense music, the disturbing footage of the water polyp’s movement, or the stoic voice asking deep existential questions, The Problem of the Hydra is intense. All of these elements cooperate perfectly to create an uncomfortable atmosphere and make the viewer think. How can one miniature creature disturb the way we view the world?

Unsung Women - Ada Lovelace
Julie Gavras, Mathieu Decarli | France | 3 min.
Ever heard of Ada Lovelace? Ever used a computer? The daughter of Lord Byron, considered crazy in her time, wrote the first computer program for Charles Babbage. What was her fate?
The world of technology is seen as male-dominated, but since its conception, has included many women. Ada Lovelace, who grew up in a strict Victorian society, wrote the first algorithm and established the basis of modern information technology. She was the first to see the real potential of computers. But in her time, Ada received no accolades. The short animated film from the series Unsung Women asks “Can we remedy this today?”

DATES & TIMES

Shorts 1: Risks of Progress

26. 4. 2022 | 22:00

Theatre Hall
Shorts 1: Risks of Progress

28. 4. 2022 | 11:30

CMTF Hall