The BrainJean-Stephane Bron

Is it possible to imitate the human brain on a computer? Or to connect it to machines? The advanced discoveries since the beginning of the 21st century are increasingly bringing science fiction into reality. A fascinating insight into the philosophical and social consequences of contemporary progressive scientific research.

Slowly but surely, decades of research into the biological functioning of our brains is being overshadowed by the spectacular developments in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The film opens with two scientists - father and son - who each have their own expertise. The father is convinced that the brain can be perfectly reproduced in an artificial system. His son - who specializes in AI - has his concerns. In five different sections, we meet several experts, each with their own research domain, but also their own ideals and concerns. The futures they paint differ, but they all agree on one thing: an evolution is underway that cannot be stopped. A documentary about the future of humanity in the broadest sense of the word.


In collaboration with KU Leuven.


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Focus on Philosophy

Is there a word that conveys a more beautiful ambition than the word philosophy? The desire of wisdom. Philosophy is the comprehensive study of the meaning of the most universal aspects of existence and of the validity of our thinking about them. Forget the cliche of abstract topics for crusty professors. These questions have a real link to our daily lives, now and in the future. Leave it to DOCVILLE to find special documentaries about philosophy that will leave you feeling inspired.

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The screening on 28.03 is followed by Docville Plus: Artificial Intelligence: dream or nightmare? (in Dutch).


Directed by Jean-Stephane Bron
France, Switzerland
2020 103 min.
English, French, Italian
Subtitles: Dutch


Focus on Philosophy


Jean-Stephane Bron


Éponine Momenceau


Julie Lena


Christian Garcia Gaucher

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