Brain Awareness Week 2011: Cinema & Brain


The Hebrew University, ELSC and the Jerusalem Cinematheque presented “Cinema and Brain Week”, Lectures and Movies - Imagination and realty in brain science. 

The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem held special events during brain awareness week 2011 in the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

During the week of events which was titled “Cinema and Brain Week”, ELSC’s researchers presented their research and vision in lectures which were followed by feature movies related to the talks. Every day, one hour before the lectures, ELSC’s Ph.D students, presented their recent findings in brain research to the audience with multimedia presentations. In addition, at the entrance to the Cinematheque, there was a large tent that housed an artistic display of neurons and the inner workings of the brain, through videos and multimedia.

On the opening day, Prof. Idan Segev and Israeli film director Avi Nesher, shared their thoughts about the relation between the film industry and brain research. The talked was followed by the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004).

With no free sits and a full waiting list, the first day of event could be a good predicting element for the following days.

During the following days, Prof. Naftali Tisby talked about his vision of how in the future our memories will be stored in a digital media, followed by the movie The Fountain (Darren Aronofsky, 2006).

Prof. Haim Sompolinsky presented his thoughts about physics, brain and free will, followed by the movie The Game (David Fincher, 1997).

Prof. Hermona Soreq presented her recent finding in stress and anxiety research, followed by the movie The Fisher King (Terry Gilliam, 1991)

Prof. Eilon Va’adia talked about brain machine interface, current and future technology description. The sci-fi movie Surrogates (Jonathan Mostow, 2009) followed Prof. Va’adia lecture.

The last lecture about Parkinson’s disease and treatment was held by Prof. Hagai Bergamn followed by the feature movie Through a Glass Darkly (Ingmar Bergman, 1961).



BAW activities were produced with the support of:

Cinema and Brain week 'I ♥ brain' interviews
Cinema and brain lecture teasers.
BAW 2011: Cinema & Brain Lectures
Videos of cinema and brain lectures events.
Brain Cinema
March 12, 2011 - March 17, 2011
The Hebrew University, ELSC and the Jerusalem Cinematheque proudly present: Cinema and Brain Week. Lectures and Movies - Imagination and realty in brain science.
Brain Awareness Week 2011 - in the press
News article and media about ELSC's activities during Brain Awareness Week 2011.