April 11, 2013, by Warren Pearce
Event: FREE screening of Kansas vs Darwin + Q+A with director Jeff Tamblyn
In May we are very honoured to welcome US film director Jeff Tamblyn for screenings of his award-winning documentary, Kansas vs Darwin, followed by Q&A sessions with Jeff. The film tells an extraordinary story:
This darkly comic documentary explores the epic 2005 Kansas state school board hearings, in which a group of creationist politicians attempted to subvert the teaching of evolution in public schools. As the film shows, local scientists and educators sought to nullify the proceedings by staging a worldwide boycott, which subsequently backfired, resulting in an uncontested, all-out public attack on scientific orthodoxy.
Featuring exclusive footage of the hearings as well as often-surprising interviews with participants on both sides, Kansas vs. Darwin is by turns hilarious, touching and disturbing. Its subjects tell their story with no narration, revealing the seemingly unprincipled opportunism of the religious conservatives as well as the unwitting role played by scientists in undermining their own authority.
The screenings are in Hallward Library, Room LG140 at 6.30-9.00pm on Wed 15th May and 1.30-4.00pm on Fri 17th May. Admission is free but space is very limited – please book your place at http://kansasvsdarwin.eventbrite.co.uk
There’s tons of extra material and background on the film on Jeff’s website at http://www.kansasvdarwin.com/ To whet your appetite for the screening, take a look at the eye-opening trailer and book now…