Imagine Science Abu Dhabi explores global intersection between art and science


Hosted at NYU Abu Dhabi, the fourth edition of the Imagine Science Film Festival concluded this weekend after a hugely successful event that brought art and science together in creative collaboration.

The event (8-10 March), presented by The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi, was a tremendous success that saw an impressive turnout of attendees across the three days. The festival, brought to Abu Dhabi by global science film organization Imagine Science Films, showcased groundbreaking documentaries, thought-provoking scientific fictions, and experimental films from across the UAE, the Gulf and beyond.

Day 1 opened with a reception in which all seven participating artists from the exhibition gave a preview of the festival’s program, following which was the UAE Premiere of JANE. Presented by National Geographic, the feature documentary covered primatologist Jane Goodall’s career and research, and was followed by the opening of the sci-art exhibition Hybrid Futures.
The second day saw three gallery talks, a matinee short film program, Fragile Lives, and an evening feature film Unrest. There was also a post-screening discussion with two of the directors: NYUAD Lecturer in Writing Jim Savio and Kuwaiti Artist Zahra Al-Mahdi.

The final day introduced two gallery talks and a matinee short film program Hybrid Creatures featuring post-screening discussions with directors Noah Hutton and Giulia Grossmann, as well as conductor and live music performer Cosmic Neman and Imagine Science Films Founder and Executive Director Alexis Gambis .

Imagine Science Abu Dhabi 2018 closed with the MENA Premiere of Marjorie Prime, starring Lois Smith, Jon Hamm, Tim Robbins and Geena Davis, followed by a post-screening discussion featuring producers Uri Singer and Isen Robbins in addition to Vice Provost for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Managing Director of startAD Ramesh Jagannathan.

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