We’re proud to tell you about two new documentaries that used material from our collections and are hitting screens big and small near you.
Ken Burns’ new 3-part documentary, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, premieres on PBS tonight, March 30. The film “examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective and a biographer’s passion. The series artfully weaves three different films in one: a riveting historical documentary; an engrossing and intimate vérité film; and a scientific and investigative report.” It’s based on the book written by physician and oncologist Siddhartha Mukherjee and published in 2010, described as a “biography of cancer.”
[Note for UCSF Library fans: Mukherjee is married to Sarah Sze, the artist who created the mirror polished stainless steel sculpture in the front stairwell of the Parnassus library.]
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The film Merchants of Doubt, by the filmmakers of Food, Inc., is now playing in theaters in San Francisco (and elsewhere). It’s “the troubling story of how a cadre of influential scientists have clouded public understanding of scientific facts to advance a political and economic agenda.” The team was on-site for several days, interviewing UCSF Professor Stan Glantz in our reading room and filming in the vault.
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Let us know if you’re able to see either film! What did you think?
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After reading this post Monday, I saw Merchants of Doubt in Berkeley on Tuesday. Compares professional climate change deniers to same who caused confusion about health concerns of cigarettes. Very informative and manages to be entertaining while discussing serious issues. Sadly, there were only 7 people in the theater. Thanks for this blog post and getting the word out!
Oh, great! I missed it in the theaters but it certainly sounds like a film that deserves some attention. I’m hoping it pops up on Netflix soon!