Part of Science on Screen 2023
After the death of his grandmother, a Mexican biologist living in New York (Tenoch Huerta, Namor in last year’s BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER) returns to his hometown nestled in the majestic monarch butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his new hybrid identity, launching him on a personal and spiritual metamorphosis.
“The film’s rich imagery will be imprinted in your memory, returning to you in dreams.” —Isabelia Herrera, New York Times, Critic’s Pick “A daring mosaic which floats like a butterfly…. A visually flamboyant film.” —Jonathan Romney, Screen International “A powerful, necessary intervention whose intellectual rigor and emotional heft cannot be denied.” —Manuel Betancourt, Variety “Gambis, a seasoned science communicator and storyteller, manages to strike a delicate balance in tone rarely seen in science-driven movies.” —Pakinam Amer, Scientific American
Post-screening discussion topic:
Soyvolution: The CRISPR Gene Editing Revolution in Soybean Improvement
About the speaker:
As an associate professor at Tennessee State University, Dr. Ali Taheri has dedicated his career to the field of plant molecular genetics. In 2009, he completed his PhD at the University of Guelph before embarking on a post-doctoral fellowship at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
In 2014, Dr. Taheri joined the faculty at Tennessee State University and began his research focused on enhancing soybean quality using a combination of conventional and advanced molecular techniques. Dr. Taheri is particularly interested in utilizing cutting-edge tools like CRISPR technology to engineer soybean varieties with improved traits such as enhanced yield, better disease resistance, and superior nutritional value.