The 2018-2019 Science on Screen film-and-discussion series continues at the Midwest Theater on Thurs., Apr. 4, with “Water, Agriculture, People & Change.”
Weston Eaton – Assistant Research Professor in the Penn State Agricultural Economics, Sociology and Education Department – will talk about his research on community and stakeholder engagement to help address water quantity and quality issues in agricultural contexts. Eaton will link his discussion with the evening’s feature film, the 2008 science fiction film “Sleep Dealer.”
Eaton will talk about his research on how collaborative, stakeholder-driven approaches to addressing water issues in agricultural contexts can open new opportunities for improved water management, which relates to the opening scene of “Sleep Dealer.” The rest of the Spanish-language film, which will be presented with English subtitles, envisions a science fiction scenario of how technology, poverty, global labor markets, and the military and border security might intersect and affect people’s lives.
In the year it was released, “Sleep Dealer” won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Amnesty International Film Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, among other awards.
Film rating: PG-13
Film run time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Film is in Spanish with English subtitles
The event is FREE*, but freewill donations are welcomed