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World premiere of the science film Almost Human

On Wednesday 21 March, CPH:DOX – the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival – will host the world premiere of the science film Almost Human. The film, directed by Jeppe Rønde, tells the story, through the eyes of ten top researchers, of the challenges that humanity faces in a rapidly changing world. The Carlsberg Foundation has financed the production of Almost Human with the aspiration that the film will contribute to public debate on the importance of science both now and in the future. The world premiere will take place at Glyptoteket from 19.00 to 21.00, and the screening will be followed by an interview with the director and some of the contributing researchers.

What does it mean to be human in a changing world that is constantly throwing up new challenges, new concerns and new complexity? And what role does science play in our attempt to understand ourselves and improve the world in which we live?

The Carlsberg Foundation brews knowledge for an enlightened future. This means we support outstanding basic research that can help answer the big questions that preoccupy us today. With the involvement of ten outstanding top researchers, nine of whom have been recipients of Semper Ardens grants from the Carlsberg Foundation, in Almost Human Jeppe Rønde gives his free interpretation of the challenges facing humanity in our encounter with technology and its consequences in a world in constant change. Challenges that have no straightforward solutions, but that research across the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences can illuminate, helping us to see the opportunities and meaning that they embody.

The British actor and director Stephen Fry has added his iconic voice to the film, which will have its world premiere in Denmark with a screening at 19.00 on 21 March at Glyptoteket, Copenhagen, as part of CPH:DOX. The film will be followed by an interview with director Jeppe Rønde and the Carlsberg Foundation’s Semper Ardens researchers Vincent F. Hendricks and Jacob Friis Sherson, both of whom feature in the film.

“The Carlsberg Foundation is keen to strengthen the critical consideration of society based on scientific facts and thereby combat the misinformation that often, unfortunately, characterises our information society,” says Professor Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation.

“The Foundation has supported the Almost Human film with a view to inviting reflection on current and future challenges in our rapidly changing world. The purpose has also been to generate debate on the importance of science for our opportunities to resolve the major social challenges we are facing. With the participation of ten internationally acclaimed top researchers, we hope the work will help foster the desire for knowledge and promote general education at a highly qualified level.”

Read more about the premiere and buy tickets at CPH:DOX

Film gift for all

Pursuant to its charter, the Carlsberg Foundation works to “promote and support the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences”. Through the film, the Foundation – in the spirit of Brewer J.C. Jacobsen – has sought to promote interest in science and its importance. The film is intended for people who are interested in our encounter with technological developments and the consequences of that encounter. People who are reflective and keen to be challenged rather than just having an existing world picture reinforced and being served up with clear answers to simply framed questions.

“At the Carlsberg Foundation, we are passionate about research, education, art and culture that create reflective people, strong communities and an enterprising society,” says Flemming Besenbacher.

Almost Human is a film gift for anyone who is interested in being informed and challenged. With our support for the film, the Carlsberg Foundation is contributing to understanding of important issues through the film medium. Film is a format that reaches a lot of people and has a tradition of generating lots of attention in the media and society in general. The Foundation has supported the film format because, in an ever more visual media reality, there is a need to make use of means other than the usual ones within classic science dissemination. Means that can therefore inspire reflection and create wide debate on premises other than the usual ones. With our support, we hope to take the representatives and results of basic research to an even wider public and thereby contribute to renewed insight, curiosity and collaboration.”

About the Carlsberg Foundation

The Carlsberg Foundation is one of the world’s oldest industrial foundations, founded by Brewer J.C. Jacobsen in 1876. Through support for outstanding basic research, the Carlsberg Foundation works to improve the world in which we live – now and in the future. The Carlsberg Foundation is the principal shareholder in Carlsberg A/S.

From the outset, it was the Brewer’s wish that the Foundation should donate proceeds from the brewery’s beer sales to basic research within the natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is the Foundation’s vision to manage the legacy of the Brewer such that his thinking and ideas, and the Foundation’s Charter, are honoured, adapted to the present day and help shape the future of science and society. The Foundation currently awards research grants worth around DKK 300 million annually.

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