PopTech presents 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.

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 guests 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. PopTech will not be screening “Contagion,” so be sure to see the film before joining in for this discussion.

Immediately following the panel discussion The Economist Film Project the screening of “Made in India,” will be presented, 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 business correspondent Lane Greene after the film.

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. See all the project’s films at film.economist.com.

This event is free and open to the public. The PopTech Film Series will be on Friday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Camden Opera House.