The goal of DOCUTAH is to offer attendees a full experience. Whether it is unusual films, Q&A after each film, intimate DOCTalks with filmmakers or special events.
This year, DOCUTAH also offers several enhanced screenings with expert panels or informational meet and greets after the films to dig deeper into the subjects of four remarkable films.
The film observes the harsh and dangerous life of so-called mammoth hunters on the remote New Siberian Islands in the far north of Siberia. Sometimes the hunters find an almost completely preserved mammoth carcass with fur, liquid blood and muscle tissue. Such finds are magnets for high-tech Russian and South Korean clone researchers in search of mammoth cells with the greatest possible degree of intact DNA. Their mission could be part of a science-fiction plot. They want to bring the extinct woolly mammoth back to life à la “Jurassic Park”, and resurrect it as a species. And that’s just the beginning.
- Moderated by Professor Rico Del Sesto, Chair, Department of Physical Science/Chemistry, DSU, Co-Founder, SG Biotech Coalition
- About the Biotech Coalition - The SG Biotech Coalition provides a forum for Southern Utah's growing biotechnology industry where scientists, business leaders, regulators, and members of the general public may meet to network, learn and be informed through a regular schedule of meetings and events.
9/5, 3:00 PM, Electric Theater -
followed by a panel
Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, “The Providers” follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of their ability to pay.
- Moderated by Amber Rich, Community Partnership Specialist, The Utah Alliance for Determinants of Health, Dixie Regional Medical Center
9/5, 6:30 PM, Red Cliffs 4 - Chasing Coral followed by a panel
Beneath the waves, coral reefs are dying on a massive scale. These scientists and filmmakers are fighting to stop it. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
- Moderated by Bruce Bennett, DOCTalk coordinator, Adjunct Professor, Communication and Media Studies, DSU, Executive Director, St. George Musical Theater.
Tribal Justice is about a little known, under-reported but effective criminal justice reform movement in America today: the efforts of tribal courts to create alternative justice systems based on their traditions.
- Moderated by Joan Runs Through, Assistant Director and Lab Examiner, DSU Computer Crime Institute