Movies & Science

Benefit of the doubt

We like to think that we value truth in science, in court and in other parts of life. Yet what looks authentic, could be false. What happens when reality conflicts with your dearest beliefs and values?  Three films about the struggle for truth and the comfort of being fooled. 

Free entry

Reserve free tickets at the website of our partner cinema 't Hoogt or get them at the ticket booth.

This series is organised in collaboration with the Utrecht Young Academy.


maandag 2 oktober 2017 - 19:00
In Kumaré, a fake Indian guru teaches his followers an important lesson. Psychologist Dr Madelijn Strick talks about the comfort of being fooled.
maandag 6 november 2017 - 19:00
In 12 Angry Men we follow a jury in trial. Why is it so hard to reach a unanimous decision? Law scholar Prof Elaine Mak on prejudice and evidence in court.
maandag 4 december 2017 - 19:00
Merchants of Doubt shows how con men obscure the truth on issues of health and climate change. Statistician Dr Daniel Oberski on how even experts can be fooled.


woensdag 6 december 2017
Groups of industry-connected scientists and PR people mislead the public. The campaigns they run deny well-established scientific knowledge and are very effective.
dinsdag 7 november 2017
In the movie '12 angry men', a jury tries to determine whether an 18 year old boy is guilty of murder.
dinsdag 3 oktober 2017
An American filmmaker pretends to be an Indian guru and becomes a big success. His message: you don't need me. I'm a fake guru.