ZED

The Doubt Makers 52' & 90' by Franck Cuveillier & Pascal Vasselin

Synopsis

Tobacco, climate change, pesticides,... Never has scientific knowledge seemed so vast, detailed and shared. And yet it appears to be increasingly challenged.

It is no longer surprising to see private corporations put strategies in place to confuse the public debate and paralyze political decision-making. Overwhelmed by excess of information, how can we, as citizens, sort out fact from fiction?

One by one, this film dismantles the workings of this clever manoeuvre that aims to turn science against itself.

Thanks to never-before-seen archives, testimonies from repentants and graphic animations, this investigation plunges us into the science of doubt. Along with a team of experts (philosophers, economists, cognitive scientists, political men, or even agnotologists), we explore concrete examples of doubt making and try to understand the whole process and the issues behind it.

Information

Direction: Franck Cuveillier & Pascal Vasselin

Production: ZED for ARTE France

Delivery: End of 2019

Genre: Investigation & Politics

Available versions: French, English