MANILA -- Have you ever pondered the possibility of robots surpassing humans in the near future? Or wondered what it would be like to live a life without using any kind of plastic?
Then you may want to set aside a date this month, as the Philippines is playing host to an international film festival, which tackles these topics and more in an effort to promote interest in science and culture among the country's youth.
A scene from "Annedroids." Photo: Handout
The Science Film Festival 2014, now on its fifth year in the country, is organized by Germany's Goethe-Institut in partnership with the Mind Museum. The month-long event will be held at the world-class science center at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig until December 14.
Centering on the theme of "Future Technologies," this year’s festival will feature 20 specially curated films from over 14 countries. Aside from the already mentioned topics, the lineup of films will also shed light on aerial robots, climate change, the nanotech revolution and space science, among others.
"The films will communicate scientific concepts in an easily digestible and enjoyable form, providing schools and institutions a non-traditional medium for science teaching and learning," Dr. Petra Raymond, director for Goethe-Institut Philippine, said.
Highlights of the festival include "Annedroids," a science-based action-adventure film for kids that follows genius kid scientist Anne, her assistants Nick and Shania, and her android creations.
A 10-minute German short film entitled "Nine-and-a-Half: Life Without Plastic," which tells the story of a man daring to live without plastic products whatsoever, is also a curious entry.
"Like The Mind Museum, the Science Film Festival is a celebration of how the arts help in making the stories of science and technology connect with larger audiences," Garcia added.
As an added bonus, museum guests will also get to practice and learn more about science through hands-on, minds-on activities and games conducted by The Mind Museum’s resident scientists, the Mind Movers.