PopTech at the movies

Next week at PopTech 2011, we are proud to present the PopTech Film Series—an evening of screenings and discussions to explore the power of film to tell stories and generate lasting social change.

Up first is a panel discussion with PopTech alumni Ian Lipkin (PopTech 2008) and Laurie Garrett (PopTech 2008), and award-winning screenwriter Scott Z. Burns as they take you behind the scenes of the blockbuster film Contagion to show the incredibly complex and frighteningly real science that went into creating this dystopian vision of a human world devastated by a killer virus. We will not be screening Contagion so be sure to see the film before joining us for this discussion.

Immediately following the panel discussion is a screening of the documentary Made in India presented by The Economist Film Project. A Q&A with filmmaker, Vaishali Sinha and The Economist business correspondent Lane Greene will take place after the screening. Made in India is a feature-length documentary film about the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogacy to mothers in India. From the personal struggle of an Indian woman working to support her family to that of an American couple yearning to have a child, this film reveals the legal and ethical implications of their choices, and presents the conflict between the personal and the political dilemmas of surrogacy.

The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist, in partnership with PBS NewsHour, to share the work of independent, international documentary filmmakers with audiences who are passionate about uncovering the world's untold stories.

This event is free and open to the public. The PopTech Film Series will be on Friday October 21 at 7:30 pm at the Camden Opera House at 29 Elm Street.

Images: Contagion and The Economist Film Project

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