Oct 19, 22
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SAT OCT 19 | 2:30PM | BROAD THEATER
TUES OCT 22 | 6:30PM | BROAD THEATER
Filmmaker in attendance.
Adventurers, pioneers… lobotomists, criminals? Hunting for Hedonia illuminates the tension between scientific potential and medical ethics through the lens of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), used to treat various disorders from Parkinson’s to PTSD. The cerebral tones of narrator Tilda Swinton guide us through the controversial career of DBS’ inventor, charismatic Tulane University scientist Robert Heath. Amid his enormous breakthroughs are copious ethical failings, from sexual experimentation, to nearly abetting government mind control. Yet the beneficiaries of DBS speak for themselves: neurological disorder patients whose lifetime of suffering was finally eased. What emerges is a multifaceted portrait of this contentious treatment and its immense possibilities. -ST