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ZFF Talks


With film as its focus, the “ZFF Talks” series offers experts from various sectors the opportunity to explore controversial issues currently affecting the fields of culture, science and politics. The talks are in German, unless otherwise specified.

No ticket necessary.

The Robots Are Coming

Keynotes on the exhibition FACING ROBOTS
Sat, 28.9., 17.00–18.00, Folium
Guests: Margarita Chli (ETH Zurich), Anton Rey (ZHdK) and Thomas Grunwald (EPI-Klinik Zurich)
Robots are becoming ever more like humans, which leads to the questions: will counters everywhere soon be replaced by screens? Theatre plays performed by robots? And movies made without any real actors? This ZFF Talk delivers revelations from the frontier between humans and robots and accompanies the exhibition FACING ROBOTS at Folium Sihlcity.
Presented by Eye On Science, ETH Zürich, ZHdK

When Systems Crash

Discussing the film SYSTEMSPRENGER
Sun, 29.9., 12.00–13.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Gabriela Seidel-Hollaender
What happens to children whose behavior crashes the system? What happens to their tutors and parents? Nora Fingscheidt’s SYSTEMSPRENGER shows the degree of powerlessness and despair when familiar structures are shaken. She discusses her film, education and being human in extreme situations with experts.

Glamour Factor at UPC

Sun, 29.9., 14.00–15.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Sabine Östlund
UPC is known primarily for telecommunications. But UPC also produces Swiss and international TV series. Anne Walser, producer of the box office hit ZWINGLI; Steffi Buchli, Head of Programming at MySports; and Pascal Amrein, Director Content at UPC, offer insight into their new homegrown productions DER TRAUM and THE FEED. Why does a telecommunications provider produce series? What do Swiss viewers like?
Presented by UPC

In the Flow of Humanity

Discussing the film VOLUNTEER
Mon, 30.9., 12.00–13.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Dr. Béatrice Acklin Zimmermann
Volunteers travel to Greece to help the boat people arriving there. Back in Switzerland, they are torn between their former lives and the urge to become politically engaged. Experts discuss the rights, morals and double morals of sea rescue, and to what extent it is civil society’s function to iron out political misunderstandings.
In collaboration with the Paulus Akademie Zürich

New Freedom, Fake News, Manipulation

Discussing the film COLLECTIVE
Mon, 30.9., 15.30–16.30, Festival Centre
Moderator: Nicole Althaus, NZZ am Sonntag
#SpeakingTheTruth: Social Media has turned communication on its head. Does this new freedom promote a more democratic society? Or is political culture dying from fake news? Bruno Baeriswyl, Data Protection Officer for the canton of Zurich; Katja Rost, Professor of Sociology UZH; and Alexander Nanau, director of the documentary COLLECTIVE discuss.
In collaboration with Datenschutzbeauftragter des Kantons Zürich

Climate Lignification

Discussing the film BRUNO MANSER
Tue, 01.10., 15.00–16.00, Festival Centre
Moderator: Monika Schärer
In 1984, Bruno Manser travelled to the Bornean jungle where he found fulfilment with the Penan people and became one of the most credible environmental activists. Experts from the University of Zurich (Philipp Aerni, Centre for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, CCRS) and the ETH’s Crowther Lab discuss the sense of responsibility, indigenous people and climate change.
Presented by Eye On Science, Life Science Zurich, University of Zurich, ETH Zürich

Human Machine!

Discussing the film SOUND OF METAL
Thu, 3.10., 12.30–13.30, Festival Centre
A drummer suffers from a sudden loss of hearing. He reluctantly accepts his fate and receives help in the form of an operation and state-of-the-art hearing aid technology. What role do robots play in present-day rehabilitation? And how quickly does the human brain react to sudden impairment? How is music actually perceived? Researchers at the University and ETH Zurich offer a fascinating insight.
Presented by Eye On Science, Life Science Zurich, University of Zurich, ETH Zürich.

Speaking Truth in a Post-Truth World

Fri, 4.10., 15.00–16.00, Festival Centre
Guests: Sanjana Hattotuwa (ICT4Peace Foundation), Daniel Stauffacher (ICT4Peace Foundation)
We are always taught to ask “why?”. But “speaking truth to power” turns out to be difficult, when shared history is almost a thing of the past. Today, in the confinement of “swipes & likes”, corporations create news frames with no instructions on how to read them. This talk aims to offer guidance in a post-truth world.
Presented by ICT4Peace Foundation