'Contagion' talk; doc screening

PopTech Film Series in Camden

Oct 11, 2011
Aasia Khan, featured prominently in the documentary "Made in India," stands outside the clinic where she lived near the end of her surrogate pregnancy.

Camden — The PopTech Film Series, an evening of screenings and discussions that will explore the power of film in storytelling and its potential role in generating powerful social change, is set for Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House, Elm Street/ Route 1.

There is no admission charge for the event presented by PopTech, which produces an annual conference celebrating world-changing people, projects and ideas. PopTech 2011, themed The World Rebalancing, will run Oct. 19 through 22; for more information, visit poptech.org.

First will be a panel discussion with renowned infectious disease specialists Ian Lipkin and Laurie Garrett; and award-winning screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, who will take attendees behind the scenes of the blockbuster film "Contagion" to show the incredibly complex and frighteningly real science that went into creating this dystopian vision of a human world devastated by a killer virus. "Contagion," currently in theaters, will not screened so those attending should be sure to see the film beforehand.

Immediately following the panel discussion, there will be a screening of The Economist Film Project's "Made in India," a feature-length documentary that reveals the human experiences behind the phenomena of "outsourcing" surrogacy to mothers in India. From the personal struggle of an Indian woman working to support her family to that of an American couple yearning to have a child, this film reveals the legal and ethical implications of their choices and presents the conflict between the personal and the political dilemmas of surrogacy.

There will be a Q&A with filmmaker Vaishali Sinha and The Economist's business correspondent Lane Greene after the film. The film, which was aired on PBS this summer, has won awards at several film festivals. The Economist Film Project is an initiative by The Economist, in partnership with "PBS NewsHour," to share the work of independent, international documentary filmmakers with audiences who are passionate about uncovering the world's untold stories. For more information, visit film.economist.com.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.

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