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Behind the curve
Canada, 2018
Duration: 99 min
Language: English, Russian
Subtitles: Russian

In 2018, there are still people on Earth who believe that our planet is flat. They think that there is a dome above us with star-like lanterns that shine dimly in the dark. These people are not too rare, they even have their own club called The Flat Earth Society. Is it possible to make a film about this phenomenon without didactic platitudes on the one hand and mockery on the other? The makers of Behind the Curve go along this very thin line. They delicately and sincerely try to understand the characters they film and touch upon a huge topic of the rationality crisis. Why do science and rational thinking increasingly encounter such rejection? How to remove the stigma from those who believe in anti-scientific myths? How to learn to communicate with them? The buzzwords like post-truth and fake news never appear in the film. However, Behind the Curve works as an accurate commentary on an era in which all authorities lost confidence, and the concept of ultimate truth seems ephemeral. It is significant that the creators of the film barely give the floor to the opposing, “reasonable” side. They let their protagonists check for themselves that the Earth is still round.

Daniel J. Clark
United States of America
"Daniel J. Clark studied music engineering and physics at Ball State University. He received a master's degree from Syracuse University in Television, Radio, and Film. His independent project, Cowards, won “Best Comedy Pilot” at the New York Television Festival in 2014. Daniel also worked on several TV shows for HBO. The documentary film Behind the Curve is Clark’s directorial debut. "
Showtime
22 November 2018
20:00
KARO 11 October
30 November 2018
19:00
KARO 11 October
02 December 2018
20:00
KARO 11 October
Daniel J. Clark
United States of America
"Daniel J. Clark studied music engineering and physics at Ball State University. He received a master's degree from Syracuse University in Television, Radio, and Film. His independent project, Cowards, won “Best Comedy Pilot” at the New York Television Festival in 2014. Daniel also worked on several TV shows for HBO. The documentary film Behind the Curve is Clark’s directorial debut. "
Behind the curve. A post-screening discussion panel

Why do people believe obvious untruths?

This panel, moderated by Alexander Gorbachev, is a chance to talk with philosophers, cognitive psychologists, and anthropologists. How do “alternative facts” appear? What are the roots of a current crisis of trust in science? Why we are prone to emotional choice in the era of rationality?

Alexander Gorbachev
Journalist, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Meduza.
Andrey Kozhanov
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of HSE, Research associate at the Department of History and Theory of Sociology, Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Vladimir Spiridonov
Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Center for Cognitive Research, RANEPA, Chief Researcher, HSE.
Nikita Petrov
Candidate of Philological Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Theoretical Folklore Studies, School of Actual Humanitarian Studies, RANEPA, Associate Professor at the Center for Typology and Semiotics of Folklore of the RSUH.
Time of the event
22 November 2018
20:00
KARO 11 October
Supported by
Alexander Gorbachev
Journalist, Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Meduza.
Andrey Kozhanov
Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology at the Faculty of Social Sciences of HSE, Research associate at the Department of History and Theory of Sociology, Federal Research Sociological Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Vladimir Spiridonov
Doctor of Psychology, Head of the Center for Cognitive Research, RANEPA, Chief Researcher, HSE.
Nikita Petrov
Candidate of Philological Sciences, Head of the Laboratory of Theoretical Folklore Studies, School of Actual Humanitarian Studies, RANEPA, Associate Professor at the Center for Typology and Semiotics of Folklore of the RSUH.
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