Film Series: This Week in Dystopia


Thursday, February 8, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, February 11, 2018 (All day)


40 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

The Brattle Theatre and Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation present a dystopian film series in celebration of the launch of This Week in Dystopia

TWID LogoThis Week in Dystopia: The Promise & Perils of Democracy is a new podcast of politics, theory, and pop culture hosted by Harvard Kennedy School’s Christopher Robichaud and sponsored by the Ash Center, examining the murky future of democracy in our times. For this film series Robichaud and other guests will leave the recording studio to join us for select screenings as we dive into the dreadful, dastardly, and disturbing futures presented in sci-fi films – from the robot-controlled caste system of Metropolis to the prescient satire of Idiocracy to the stirring teenage rebellion of The Hunger Games… and beyond!

For more information and tickets, please visit the Brattle website.

Film Schedule

*Indicates a special introduction 

Date & Time Film
Thursday, 2/8, 7:00* PM

Idiocracy followed by This Week in Dystopia Live podcast with Screenwriter Etan Cohen, Harvard College '97

*Admission to this event is FREE*

Tickets are first come, first serve at the Brattle box office, starting at 6 PM. 

Friday, 2/9, 7:00* PM

Strange Days

Special introduction from Sarah Newman, Creative Researcher at metaLAB at Harvard, and a Fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.

Friday, 2/9, 10:00 PM Idiocracy
Saturday, 2/10, 2:00 & 7:00* PM

Children of Men (Double Feature) 

Special introduction from Kate Rennebohm, a PhD candidate in Harvard's Film and Visual Studies and visiting Predoctoral Fellow in MIT's Global Languages and Literatures department.

Saturday, 2/10, 4:15 & 9:30* PM

A Clockwork Orange (Double Feature) 

Special introduction from Tony Saich, Ash Center Director and Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Sunday, 2/10, Noon*


Special introduction from Muriel Rouyer, Adjunct Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School

Sunday, 2/10, 6:15* PM

The Handmaid’s Tale

Special Introduction from Linda Schlossberg, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Lecturer on Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard 

Sunday, 2/10, 3:15 & 8:30* PM

The Hunger Games (Double Feature)

Special Introduction from Yaso Córdova, affiliate at Berkman Klein Center at Harvard and a digital HKS research fellow.

Tune into the first episode of This Week in Dystopia below. You can listen in and subscribe to the full series on iTunes, Stitcher, or Google Play. For more episode information check out This Week in Dystopia on Medium. To keep up with the podcast, follow @WeekinDystopia or like the series on Facebook