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Father of the Cyborgs (2021)

  • 1h 16m
  • David Burke
  • United States

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ADVISORY
Scenes of human brain surgery

SUGGESTED AGE GROUP
15+

THEATRE SCREENINGS
FATHER OF THE CYBORGS will also screen in theatre with live Q&A Sessions

         AUCKLAND
         THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED Thursday 10 June. 10am. The Civic


         WELLINGTON
         Thursday 24 June. 10am. The Roxy


         MĀNGERE
         Friday 13 August. 10am. Māngere Arts Centre

SYNOPSIS
Meet the controversial scientist whose life’s work has been to link the human mind to computers.

Famed neurologist Phil Kennedy made global headlines in the late 90’s for connecting the brain of a paralyzed man to a computer. By implanting several wire electrodes in the brain, Kennedy then taught him how to control a computer cursor with his mind.

Kennedy was compared to Alexander Graham Bell in The Washington Post and became known as ‘The Father of the Cyborgs’. In 2014, he travelled to Belize, South America, to continue his research into unlocking the mystery of speech for ‘locked-in’ patients, by implanting tiny electrodes inside his own brain.

But now, the controversial inventor is concerned that the field he helped pioneer may lead to unintended consequences in a future where technology and human brains combine.


AUCKLAND                                 THIS SESSION IS FULLY BOOKED
         THE CIVIC THEATRE
         Thursday 10th June   |   SCREENING START TIME     10:00AM
         Q&A START : 11:15AM
                 FINISH : 11:45AM

         SPEAKERS:
         Lysea Haggie


WELLINGTON
         THE ROXY CINEMA
         Thursday 24th June   |   SCREENING START TIME     10:00AM
         Q&A START : 11:15AM
                 FINISH : 11:45AM

         SPEAKERS:
         David Carmel


Director

David Burke

Production

Seán Ó Cualáin

Distributor

Cailin McFadden

Language

English