Join ISF in Abu Dhabi in February 19-21, 2015 for our satellite festival in collaboration with New York University Abu Dhabi! Imagine Science will present 3 feature films and curate 4 programs of short films, each focusing on key scientific topics in the United Arab Emirates and broader Middle East, through documentary, fiction, cutting-edge data visualization, and experimental film. In addition, we will include a special program of student films, an art-science exhibit Experimental Records, and a variety of panels and workshops.


Thu 02/19/15

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Opening & Aquatic Systems Reception
The festival commences with a reception including food, drinks and music, and features works from the science-art exhibition, Experimental Records.

Thu 02/19/15

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Imagine Science Abu Dhabi Opening Night: Watermark
The festival kicks off with Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky's crucial feature documentary on our complicated relationship with water. Water shapes our lives and our reliance on it reshapes the world in turn. Join us for a stunning, if at times sobering, exploration of water across the globe.

Fri 02/20/15

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Shorts: Dreams and Delusions
Perception, thus all of physical reality, is mediated by our brains. But can they always be trusted? These films concern neuroscience, those points at which our brains deceive us, and those other points at which we may be inspired, or guided, by the visions of our dreams.

Fri 02/20/15

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Talk: Mouse Confessions
From experiment to performance, this talk will explore the real and imagined mouse studies presented through two experimental films by Boris Hars-Tschachotin and Luis Nieto.

Fri 02/20/15

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Shorts: Futures
Where are we now, and where are we going? Science fiction is a precision tool for analyzing the present, and so these glimpses into the social and technological future (and not to mention the futuristic present already upon us!) offer us a clearer idea of where the Middle East and rest of the world stand poised today.

Fri 02/20/15

8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Feature: Biophilia Live & When Bjork Met Attenborough
For our evening feature, we'll take science beyond film and into sound and music with Bjork's spectacular concert film Biophilia Live, and a documentary taking us to the ideas and technology that made it all possible.

Sat 02/21/15

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Shorts: Avant Arabia
A survey of the latest science film developments from NYU Abu Dhabi. Films are drawn from the classes the Idea of the Cell, Vision to Visual, and Docufiction and BRAINSTORM.

Sat 02/21/15

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Feature: Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars
Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, but family expectations for a young Iranian women are often stuck back on the ground.

Sat 02/21/15

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Talk: The Oldest Living Things in the World
Join us for a conversation with Rachel Sussman about her project The Oldest Living Things in the World and her experience documenting incredible natural phenomena

Sat 02/21/15

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Closing Night Shorts and Panel: Where Land Meets Water
Humanity has an uncertain symbiosis with the oceans that cover 3/4 of the globe. They're an enormous tapped and untapped natural resource, but also threaten our shores with rising waves and unpredictable weather, even as they maintain a grip on the imagination. These films are all about our lives in and near water.