"Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography", reflecting on the importance of carbon to life, best documentary at #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival
The Science Museum of the University of Navarra honors mathematician and popularizer Clara Grima with the award Pasión por la Ciencia; RTVE's "El cazador de cerebros - Pinceles y pipetas en el Prado" as best television program, and "I Was Just a Child", best video on the web or social networks.
21 | 02 | 2023
The IV edition of #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival, competition , an international science film festival organized every year by the Science Museum of the University of Navarra, kicked off with the gala of submission of the festival awards. The quotation began in the theater of the University of Navarra Museum and showed, once again, that science is part of our lives.
"There are still many people who think that science is something that doesn't affect us much. But the films we are screening in this edition show, once again, that science runs through our lives, whether it's fighting COVID or climate change. This year's slogan is "ask for science", and that is what we intend: that science is more present in the decisions that mark our lives," said Bienvenido León, director of the festival.
The gala was a spectacle of film videos about science and was seasoned with pills of humor at position by the presenter, the mathematician and monologuist Santiago García Cremades, and included the intervention of the Navarrese group "Lemon y Tal" who masterfully performed the song "Aire", a tribute to science that has been composed exclusively for this festival.
The award for best documentary went to "Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography", an 89-minute Australian production that reflects in an informative way the importance of the element carbon in our lives. The best television program went to the Spanish RTVE production "El cazador de cerebros - Pinceles y pipetas en el Prado"; the best student production was the British "The Caretakers"; the best work produced by universities and centers of research went to "Luminous"; while the best video on the web or social networks went to the Philippine production "I Was Just a Child". Mathematician and popularizer Clara Grima was awarded the award "Passion for Science" for her scientific career and for her excellent work in the teaching and knowledge dissemination of mathematics to society in general. The jury also awarded a special accredited specialization to the documentary "Make People Better", for the impeccable and original treatment of the edition Genetics, a transcendental topic in the scientific, ethical and cinematographic field.
Juan Cruz Cigudosa, Minister of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation of the Government of Navarra; Enrique Maya, Mayor of Pamplona; Maitane Bueno, area director of Laboral Kutxa; Paloma Grau, Vice President of research and Sustainability of the University of Navarra, participated in the awards ceremony submission ; Lara Leal, student of School of Sciences, member of Women for Science and Technology of the academic institution; Óscar Rafael Tineo and Marta Olaizola, delegate and subdelegate of the University of Navarra; Bienvenido León, director of the festival, and Ignacio López-Goñi, director of the Science Museum of the University of Navarra.
From Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 25th, at 7:00 pm, some of the finalist documentaries of this edition will be screened at the Golem cinemas in Pamplona. This is the first time that these documentaries are screened in Spain. Also from today it will be possible to watch some productions online and vote for the award of the public through the festival's website. And you can still enjoy some scientific activities that take place in the framework of this festival: colloquiums, social networking forum, conferences and round tables or a workshop on dance and science.
#LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival has received in its fourth edition 1,115 productions from 94 countries. The Science Museum has counted with the sponsorship of the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) / Ministry of Science and Innovation, Laboral Kutxa, Government of Navarra and Pamplona City Council, and with the partnership of the Golem Baiona cinemas and the University Museum of Navarra.
"We are nature because we are made of carbon, just like everything else."
The winning documentary "Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography" sample shows us the presence that carbon has in our lives: in the food we eat, in the clothes we wear, in the electricity we consume, in the birth of a child, in the exhaust pipe of a car, in the wind, in machines, in a hawk, in the stars, in photosynthesis, in DNA, in the temperature of the Earth, in the cells of our body, etc. In this sense, carbon is indispensable for humanity to survive. "Carbon is essential to the universe, which makes us possible. We are nature because we are made of carbon, like everything else."
And just as carbon is an element that has the capacity to relate to others in order to constantly create - sociability and versatility are attributes that define this component - it also has a less friendly side, which is destruction, for example, through the emission of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, the presence of plastics in the oceans, forest fires, or the production of weapons or tanks for wars.
Narrated in the first person by the carbon element itself -with the testimony of a large group of scientists group -, the documentary allows us to reflect on the origin of the universe, the stars and the human species, and also on the consequences of our own actions, as well as the responsibility we have regarding the use of the protagonist of this documentary: carbon.