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How much of the body can we alter and still be human?
Public Television Premiere of Award-Winning Film on the Promise and Perils of Human Enhancement, in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA
“An ethical and philosophical mind-bender…” — CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival
(Oakland, CA. July 20, 2015.) In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), three-time award-winning documentary Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement, premieres on public television this week, kicking off with over 1,300 telecasts scheduled around the country, through the WORLD channel (WGBH) and over 100 other primary channels, reaching over 92 million homes in more than 81% of the country.
From botox to bionic limbs, the human body is more “upgradeable” than ever. But how much of it can we alter and still be human? What do we gain or lose in the process? Fixed explores the social impact of human biotechnologies and rethinks “disability” and “normalcy” by exploring technologies that promise to change our bodies and minds forever.
Starring NPR radio host John Hockenberry, MIT bionics engineer Hugh Herr, disability justice educator Patty Berne; biochemist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring; Ekso exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo; robot scientist Rodney Brooks; bioethicist and policy advocate Marcy Darnovsky; reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason; disability lawyer Silvia Yee, disability studies scholar Dominika Bednarska; futurist Jamais Cascio; brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes; and transhumanist James Hughes and philosophy professor Cressida Heyes. With cameo performances by some of the world’s leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers and artists, including the Anjali Dance Company, Antoine Hunter, AXIS Dance Company, Candoco Dance Company, Dancing Wheels Company, Heidi Latsky Dance’s GIMP, Kounterclockwise, Lisa Bufano, and […]