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Science in the Cinema: Salud


Speaker Info:

Dr. Dominic Allain


Movies are often based on strange and fantastic science, leaving the audience to wonder how much of what they are seeing is possible and how much is simply fiction. Enter the Alberta Innovates - Health Solution (AIHS) "Science in the Cinema" program, an initiative to help illuminate the science in popular cinema and provide a venue for the general public to learn about current research. Science in the Cinema provides FREE screenings (free popcorn included) of selected movies related to health or biomedical issues.

A researcher who works in a related field introduces each film. Following the presentation, the researcher discusses new areas of research related to the science highlighted in the movie with time for audience questions and discussion.

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A timely examination of human values and the health issues that affect us all, ¡Salud! looks at the curious case of Cuba, a cash-strapped country with what the BBC calls ‘one of the world’s best health systems.’ From the shores of Africa to the Americas, !Salud! hits the road with some of the 28,000 Cuban health professionals serving in 68 countries, and explores the hearts and minds of international medical students in Cuba -- now numbering 30,000, including nearly 100 from the USA. Their stories plus testimony from experts around the world bring home the competing agendas that mark the battle for global health—and the complex realities confronting the movement to make healthcare everyone’s birth right.