Mirko Winkel is the coordinator of the mLAB. The artist and curator teaches at the University of Bern and other places with the aim of synthesizing art with scientific research and socio-political concerns.



Susan Thieme is professor of Critical Sustainability Studies at the Institute of Geography at the University of Bern. She brought the Global Science Film Festival to Bern and co-developed the Social Learning Video Method. She is co-founder of the mLAB.  MORE



Carolin Schurr is professor of Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. As a feminist geographer, she has developed and experimented with affectual and visual methods to grasp the emotional effects of globalization processes on our intimate lives. She is co-founder of the mLAB.  MORE



Alexander Vorbrugg is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research interests include visual forms of research and science communication. He is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE



Laura Perler is a postdoctoral researcher in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. In her research she investigates inequalities in relation to reproductive technologies and the Swiss asylum system. In her projects she uses audiovisual approaches and collaborates with artists. Together with Mirko Winkel, she is currently organizing a traveling exhibition on egg donation. She is part of the coordination group of the mLAB. MORE



Stefan Brönnimann is a professor in Climatology at the University of Bern. His research focuses on weather and climate reconstruction, climate models, climate dynamics, effects of volcanic eruptions on climate and climate and society interactions. MORE



Elisabeth Militz is an Assistant Professor for Social and Digital Geographies at the University of Innsbruck. As a feminist political and cultural geographer, her focus lies on global/intimate relations and digital transformations. She experiments with affectual and feminist digital methodologies for human geographies. MORE



Adrien Mestrot is a professor in Soil Science at the University of Bern. Part of his research topics is analyzing the biogeochemistry of soils under global change to improve environmental health and food production.  MORE



Nora Komposch is a PhD student and assistant in Social and Cultural Geography at the University of Bern. Her research interests are geographies of the body, care and reproduction, migration and labor, and politics of the global intimate. MORE



Johanna Paschen is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. Her research interests include social and environmental justice, transdisciplinarity and artistic research. In cooperation with the Academy of the Arts Bern, she is involved with the research project EcoArtLab. MORE



Luca Tschiderer is a PhD student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. His research focuses on alternative practices of work in health- and care related contexts. As part of his PhD project he uses social learning videos as a participatory method towards workers inquiry. MORE



Sarah Hartmann is a Postdoc student in Critical Sustainability Studies at the University of Bern. Her research looks at issues around work, transnational mobilities and future transformations in healthcare from a critical sustainability perspective. MORE


5th Global Science Film Festival 2023: Bern Edition

In collaboration with the Swiss Science Film Academy, the mLAB presents the 5th Global Science Film Festival. World politics and science meet on the big screen. The festival will show international feature films, documentaries and short films that link social developments with current scientific debates. Following the film screenings, the topics will be explored in depth in moderated discussions between the audience, filmmakers and researchers.

Date: 28.10. – 29.10.2023

Location: Kino REX, Schwanengasse 9, 3011 Bern 

German Program and Tickets: Kino REX: HERE.
Full price: CHF 10.- / Reduced*: CHF 7.- 
Limited contingent of free tickets for students of the University of Bern and young people up to 18 years. Tickets can be collected on the day of the screening up to 30 minutes before the start of the film. First come, first serve applies.

* KulturLegi / AHV+IV+ALV / students / children and young people
Asylum seekers and provisionally admitted persons (ID N/F/S) free of charge


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SATURDAY, Oct 28, 2023
Sonne unter Tage
Electric Malady
SUNDAY, Oct 29, 2023
The Seeds of Vandana Shiva
Short Films
Cinema Sabaya



Saturday, Oct 28, 2023  


14:00 Water.Land.Fire – International premiere

Documentary, Ukraine, 2023, 43 min, Ukrainian with English subtitles

Directed and written by Natalia Shevchenko, Produced by Yevhen Tkach*

Followed by a discussion about the ecological consequences of war and scientific work in war zones with producer Yevhen Tkach and Adrien Mestrotprofessor of soil science, University of Bern

Moderator: Payal Parekhclimate scientist and activist

The documentary shows the impact of the current war on the environment in Ukraine and how scientists from different disciplines are working to document what is happening in order to assess the consequences for ecosystems. The film was made under the difficult conditions of martial law and restricted access to mined areas.

*Natalia Shevchenko is an environmentalist and director of environmental documentaries. Yevhen Tkach is a producer of non-feature films at EXPL Films, a studio for popular science and educational films.


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15:30 Sonne Unter Tage

Documentary, Germany, 2022, 39 min, German with English subtitles

Director and screenplay: Alex Gerbaulet, Mareike Bernien*

Followed by a discussion on how to deal with the future past
of our environment
with director Alex Gerbaulet and Larryn W. Diamondprofessor emeritus of geochemistry & petrology, University of Bern

Moderator: Mirko Winkelartist & coordinator mLAB, University of Bern

Until 1990, the Soviet joint-stock company SAG Wismut mined uranium in Saxony and Thuringia in the GDR for the USSR’s nuclear weapons program. The GDR environmental movement also became aware of this. The film follows this trail through today’s landscapes, which are marked by mining and ecological restoration, and understands the ground as an archive. Sonne Unter Tage drills deep into space and time, exploring the material, metaphorical, and geopolitical transformations of the element uranium.

*Alex Gerbaulet lives and works as an artist, filmmaker, and producer in Berlin. Since 2014, she has been part of the production platform pong / Film. Her artistic work explores the representability of reality and memory. She has been awarded with, among others, the prize for best contribution at the German Competition of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and the German Film Critics’ Prize. The artist and filmmaker Mareike Bernien takes a media-archaeological approach in her work, questioning ideological certainties of representation, their material-technological preconditions, and historical continuities. Sonne Unter Tage, which premiered at the Berlinale, won awards at the Duisburger Filmwoche, among others.




17:00 Electric Malady – Swiss premiere

Documentary, Sweden, 2022, 84 min, Swedish with English subtitles

Director: Marie Lidén*

Followed by a discussion about how society deals with disturbing diseases and how they can be portrayed in film with director Marie Lidén and Tobias Brachtprofessor at University Hospital of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Bern

Moderation: Luca Tschidererhealth-care geographer, University of Bern

We first see William under a hood made of fabric laced with copper wires in a remote cabin in Sweden. For ten years, he has been fighting a disease that defies scientific verification: electromagnetic hypersensitivity.Affected people experience discomfort from the radiation emanating from electronic devices that makes it impossible for them to continue living a digitalized life. The visually powerful film depicts the experiences of a young man and his emotional world in dealing with the disease with the support of his concerned family, but also the inadequacies of the healthcare system when confronted with an invisible disease that is nevertheless a constant reality for those affected.

*Marie Lidén is a Swedish-born and Glasgow-based artist and filmmaker. She focuses on documentaries, animation, and sound design. Her films range from BAFTA-nominated animated films to television documentaries. Electric Malady is her first feature-length film.




20:00 ALIS

Documentary, Colombia / Chile / Romania, 2022, 84 min, Spanish with English subtitles

Directors: Clare Weiskopf, Nicolás van Hemelryck*

Followed by a discussion about fiction as a research method and its potential for the development of new social models between directors Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás van Hemelryck and Irene Vögeliprofessor in the MA Transdisciplinary Studies in the Arts, ZHdK

A group of young women tell the story of Alis. They live in a Colombian home and describe their roommate. Alis, like them, has lived on the streets of Bogotá and becomes a stand-in for the young women themselves. In their imagination, she becomes a reflection of past fears, lost people, and their own future aspirations. This special documentary form allows empathetic access to the women’s lives and shows the power of fiction to break out of social role models.

*Clare Weiskopf is a filmmaker and journalist who has been working on social issues ranging from armed conflict in Colombia to sexual violence as a weapon of war to the global spread of cumbia music for over twenty years. Her film Amazona was nominated for the Goya and Fenix Awards. Nicolás van Hemelryck is an award-winning filmmaker with a background as an architect and photographer. Together with Clare Weiskopf, he founded the production company Casatarantula. Their film ALIS won the Crystal Bear and the Teddy Award at the Berlinale.


22:00 Party

All interested are invited to join us in the REX Bar to celebrate, discuss and dance with DJ Julian Max


Sunday, Oct 29, 2023  


14:30 The Seeds of Vandana Shiva

Documentary, India/USA/Canada/Australia/Switzerland, 2021, 81 min, English with German Subtitles

Director: Camilla Becket, Jeff Becket*

Followed by a discussion on social movements and food justice with Vandana Shiva and Theresa Tribaldosresearcher in food justice and sustainability transformation, University of Bern

Moderation: Surangika Jayarathneresearcher in gender and international relations, University of Bern

Vandana Shiva is one of the most important activists of our time. For four decades she has campaigned for local and organic agriculture and the free availability of seeds. She fights against powerful corporations that dominate agriculture through the sale of pesticides and genetically modified seeds, inspiring an entire global movement for food justice.

*The directing team founded Becket Films to encourage people to advocate for a healthy environment and social justice through film. They have produced more than 15 documentaries, many of which have won awards, including Sons of Africa.




17:00 Short Film Block

70 min, various languages with English subtitles


SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS-Team: Emanuele Aucone, Niklas Frost, Luca Girardi, Tatiana Keller, Flurin Leugger,Gian Marco Palamara 

Equipped with the newest technologies, a scientist investigates a mysterious appearance in the forests of Graubünden (Switzerland). Uncovering the Unknown is a film about new biodiversity-monitoring methods and how the combined efforts of passionate researchers can help us better understand the (bio)diversity of our planet.


SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS-Team: Eda Elif Tibet, Eleonora Dallorto, Sarah Hartmann , Laura Kmoch, Zeynep Köylü, Sandra La Rota

There are too many factors at play for people to have a successful mobility experience. Some of these are quite random, like in a video game. Pack-Body pictures the story of a successful and unsuccessful attempt at moving across borders.


SCIENTISTS-AS-FILMMAKERS-Team: Célestin Mutuyimana, Nataliya Borys, Yinyin Ma, Surangika Jayarathne, Yumo Cheng, Eda Elif Tibet

In communities where people have experienced human-made trauma, silence around the trauma and mistrust are high, especially if there is no strong culture of sharing trauma. Despite some beliefs that marriage should heal, it can also lead to family problems.


Director: Tatiana Keller 

CaSSIS is a high-resolution color stereo camera in orbit around Mars that takes remarkable images of the red planet. What mysteries has it revealed today? Who left these dark, curly tracks on the surface of Mars? Are there giant worms or devils? Together with Detective Nick and CaSSIS camera, we will demystify the secrets of the red planet. 


Director: Marcel Barelli

Among the different species that inhabit our planet, one stands out from the others for its power and its impact on ecosystems: the Autosaurus Rex.


Directors: Nimal Bourloud, Filippo Bozzini, Paloma Gude

Collected, catalogued, and categorized. Sorted and stored. To be displayed in a wooden cabinet or left in the dark to slumber. But can you really contain a spirit or ghost? The present will always be haunted. Ghosted explores the imaginaries around objects in the ethnographic museum of Neuchâtel, as well as the haunting colonial past of the city in general.


Director: Charlene Mangweni-Furusa

See Me is a heartfelt deep-dive into experiences of young people in Zimbabwe living with HIV/AIDS and how they were affected by Covid-19 lockdown restrictions. The film takes us through some of their related struggles, including stigma discrimination, abuse, mental health, and gender-based violence.


Director: Vanja Victor Kabir Tognola

Anna, Francesco, and eight-year-old Giorgio can’t afford a fancy holiday. Social pressure inspires them to fake a Bahamas vacation through photoshopped posts on social media. The deluge of likes and comments fuel an all-consuming dopamine rush. 



19:00 Cinema Sabaya

Drama, Israel/Belgium, 2021, 92 min, Hebrew/Arabic with English subtitles

Written and directed by Orit Fouks Rotem.*

Followed by a discussion about social segregation and ways
to overcome it
with the director Orit Fouks Rotem and the actress Joanna Said and Anukriti Dixitresearcher in public & social policy, University of Bern

Moderation: India James-Licher researcher in neurosurgery with interests in Afro-Swiss culture, University of Bern

“Why do we all have to speak Hebrew?” asks the youngest participant in a film workshop for four Jewish and four Arab women. Guided by Rona, a young filmmaker from Tel Aviv, they learn to document their everyday world on film in weekly meetings at a community center. Their beliefs and prejudices are challenged. The realities of these women’s lives, which are usually very separate, are connected through the process of filming together.

*Orit Fouks Rotem’s first feature film is inspired by her own experiences as a teacher. The film won five Ophir Awards and was chosen as the official Israeli nominee for the Academy Award for Best International Film. It won the Best Director Award at this year’s Global Science Film Festival in Zurich. Actress Joanna Said is a Palestinian-Israeli actress who won the Israeli Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in her first film, Cinema Sabaya.


21:00 Party

All interested are invited to join us in the REX Bar to celebrate, discuss and dance with DJ Julian Max



The Bern edition of the Global Science Film Festival is initiated by the Swiss Science Film Academy and  mLAB of the University of Bern. It is funded by the University of Bern.

Institutional Partners: University of Zurich, ETH Zürich, Universität Basel

Directors of the Festival: Samer Angelone (Swiss Science Film Academy) and Susan Thieme and Mirko Winkel (both mLAB, Institute of Geography University of Bern)

Organization in Bern supported by Luca Tschiderer

Administration: Fabienne Frey

Media Relations, University of Bern: Ivo Schmucki

Supporting students from the University of Bern: Sabrina Althaus, Manuel Belser, Sara Binggeli, Anna Brügger, Adarshi Ferrazzini, Chiara Gisler, Gian-Luca Grünenfelder, Sofia Kessler, Sophia Kevic, Mirja Kipfer, Elisa Meyer, Linus Minder, Julie Mosimann, Elisa Probst, Anuscha Sacks, Mauro Schmid and Milena Wallner 

We are grateful for the support of all our partners, in particular the External Relations, UniBE International Office. 

A special thanks goes to the Faculty of Science of our university