Saturday, May 20, 2006


A Nobel Future?

What a great idea for a movie! In the film Nobelity, writer/director Turk Pipkin turns the camera on nine Nobel Laureates -- Steven Weinberg (Nobel Prize in Physics, 1979), Jody Williams (Nobel Peace Prize, 1997), Ahmed Zewail (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1999), Rick Smalley (Nobel Prize in Chemistry, 1996), Wangari Maathai (Nobel Peace Prize 2004), Sir Joseph Rotblat (Nobel Peace Prize, 1995), Dr. Harold Varmus (Nobel Prize in Medicine, 1989), Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize, 1984), and Amartya Sen (Nobel Prize in Economics, 1998) -- to take a look at the future and discuss strategies on how to solve such global issues as poverty and the eroding environment. Of course, no one has a crystal ball, but unlike the type of so-called futurists who often are commissioned to speak at certain industry events, the combination of the nine Nobel Prize winners, offer a unique, multi-cultural, multi-generational multi-perspective, and well-balanced approach to discussing future issues. It is certainly a noble use of film to document these voices and these thoughts for future generations to consider. Nobelity is just the latest in what seems to be a series of thought-provoking and laudatory documentaries focused on our future. I only wonder why former U.S. President (and recent Nobel Peace Prize winner) Jimmy Carter was not included in the film.

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