Authority and Rebellion

The First Annual Penn Bioethics Film Festival

April 12-14, 2016

Annenberg Center for Performing Arts



"So disturbing, intense and believable that it's easy to forget we're watching a movie."

− Justin Gerber, Consequence of Sound, on The Stanford Prison Experiment

"You could say we are puppets. But I believe that we are puppets with perception, with awareness. Sometimes we can see the strings. And perhaps our awareness is the first step in our liberation."

− Stanley Milgram

"“The idea of anything that expands our thinking beyond conventional borders has always been of interest to me. When I see the living, breathing portraits of these characters, especially the early archival footage... To see them intelligent and smart – they were a kind of blessing considering how they have been caricatured in later times. I like what this film explores and I’m glad to be a part of it."

− Robert Redford

"... Michael Almereyda's Experimenter does offer a kind of portrait of controversial social scientist Stanley Milgram, but it's a portrait less interested in biographical milestones than in the questions Milgram sought to answer about why we behave the way we do."

− John DeFore

The Stanford Prison Experiment




Dying to Know



Bioethics Film Fest @bioethxfilmfest6 months agoAnd special thanks to the faculty and staff who made it happen.
Bioethics Film Fest @bioethxfilmfest6 months agoThat's a wrap for the #bioethics film festival. Thanks to all who joined us.
Bioethics Film Fest @bioethxfilmfest6 months agoFinal Q: What's with the elephant? A: "Elephant in the room" phrase or the idea of circus & all the chaos around Milgram
Bioethics Film Fest @bioethxfilmfest6 months agoGoodwin: the greater the distance (e.g., Internet bullying), the easier it is to inflict harm