10 September 2018

“Cyborgs Among Us”, a finalist at the Japan Prize awards

The documentary is competing for the prestigious award presented by the Japanese public television NHK

“Cyborgs Among Us” has been nominated for the prestigious Japan Prizes, with the winners set to be announced on the 6th November. This the third MEDIAPRO documentary to reach the semi-finals of these prestigious awards. The first was “The Lightbulb Conspiracy” in 2011, and which picked up the Maeda award, and then, “Philosophy in prison” in 2016.

The documentary, directed by Rafel Duran Torrent, presents the story of four cyborgs. The people featured in the documentary explain why they decided to take that extra step, the problems that their condition as cyborgs have over the course of a day and how they fight to overcome the prejudices of society. The documentary also visits the high-level research labs and discovers that the science is closer and closer to being able to transform us into cyborgs with the barrier being ethical than anything else. In the second part of the programme the philosophical, ethical and legal implications of going beyond what is human and allowing us to become part machine are analysed.

“Cyborgs Among Us” has taken part in some of the highest profile film documentary events around the world such as the Raw Science Film Festival, TechDocFest, Anthem Libertarian Film Festival and Atlanta DocuFest (USA); InScience Dutch International Science Film festival (Holland); Imagésanté International and International Documentary Festival DocVille (Belgium); Life Sciences Film Festival (the Czech Republic); CPH DOX (Denmark); Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Greece); The Philip K. Dick Film Festival (Poland); the Silbersalz Festival (Germany); Cinemagic Belfast Festival (Northern Ireland); Contemporary Science Film festival and Science Film Festival Future.doc / IDFF Flahertiana (Russia).

“Cyborgs Among Us” is a Media 3.14 and Yuzu Productions (Paris) production with Televisión Española and Televisió de Catalunya, in collaboration with Science et Vie TV (France), SVT (Sweden), NRK (Norway), DR (Denmark), with the support of the Europa Creativa/Media of the European Union and the Catalan Regional Government Department of Culture.

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