Human dignity film festival

Sam Rockwell as a lonely employee in 'Moon'

This weekend Edinburgh Filmhouse is posing the ethical question: what is human dignity?

The Biomedical Ethics film festival, now in its seventh year, will show five different films from November 25 – 27. The three-day event explores the complexities of human ethics, specifically examining the many facets of our conception of human dignity.

Director of Research, for the Scottish Council on Human Bioethics and Festival co-ordinator, Dr Calum MacKellar explained this year’s theme: “It is very difficult to explain what human dignity really represents. The film festival will seek to clarify some of the different aspects of the concept with a number of films that all reflect important characteristics of human dignity.”

Rod White, Head of Programming, Edinburgh Filmhouse said: “The power of film to provoke debate and aid further understanding of the issues that face us all today is very much one of our core beliefs and programming principles here at Filmhouse. The films chosen this year all feed, from varying angles, into different aspects of the festival’s theme this year, Human Dignity.”

Films to be screened include: Project Nim, The Elephant Man, Moon, Iris and Shooting Dogs.

After each screening the viewers will have the opportunity to discuss the issues  raised by the films with the audience and a panel of invited experts in bioethics, law, philosophy and politics.