Science in the Cinema

Ask an expert if it's fact or fiction

In the fall of 2015, Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions transitioned their Science in the Cinema program to the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta.

Hosted by the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine, Science in the Cinema brings together science and popular culture in a fun and engaging way. Watch a film with a health science theme and listen to an expert explain the science behind the movie. An interactive question and answer period follows each movie. 

Admission is FREE and all attendees will receive a voucher for a free small popcorn! All Calgary screenings currently take place at The Plaza, 1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB.  Doors open at 6:00pm, and screenings begin at 6:30pm.

Indian Horse

June 5 - Indian Horse

Join the O'Brien Institute for Public Health, along with the Institute’s Group for Research with Indigenous People (GRIP), will present Indian Horse. Following the film, a panel discussion will explore the topics of colonization, residential schools, and their intergenerational effects on health.

About the film:
In the late 1950’s Ontario, eight-year-old Saul Indian Horse is torn from his Ojibway family and committed to one of the notorious Catholic Residential Schools. In this oppressive environment, Saul is denied the freedom to speak his language or embrace his Indigenous heritage while he witnesses horrendous abuse at the hands of the very people entrusted with his care. Despite this, Saul finds salvation in the unlikeliest of places and favourite winter pastime -- hockey. An adaptation of Ojibway writer Richard Wagamese’s award-winning novel, Indian Horse sheds light on the dark history of Canada’s boarding schools or Indigenous Residential Schools and the indomitable spirit of aboriginal people.

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