Film Review: Science Fair

The world is a complete an utter mess. As we face a race against time to save our planet from its premature demise, politicians are more interested in money, power and wars than doing anything productive to help. Funding in science, research and development is down. We need ideas. We need a new direction and we need hope. To quote the late Whitney Houston, “I believe the children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way”.

The International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the largest science fair and research event for school children in the world. Participants come from schools across the globe and there’s fierce competition and rivalry to be selected to participate. In their new documentary, Science Fair, Cristina Costantini and Darren Foster follow nine hopefuls from around the world as they compete for the top prizes.

Science Fair is a highly-likeable film which offers a real hopefulness through the eyes of these bright young people determined to make a difference. It’s energising and heartening to see the sheer spectrum of ideas and creativity on show. Their enthusiasm is contagious. Whilst other film-makers may have gone for the competition angle, Costantini and Foster instead opt to focus on the students themselves. Which makes a refreshing change and makes for a warm-hearted and optimistic documentary.

Science Fair is in cinemas from 19 October.

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