By following three Ph.D. students at Columbia University, we are shown a rare glimpse of the joys and trials found in the pursuit of science. Under the guidance of Dr. Shapiro, these three students attempt to discover the mechanisms behind a protein regulating hunger. The sacrifices endured for the love of science and for a reward that is elusive and often non-existent are deeply moving. The film captures everyday life in Dr. Shapiro’s lab through the eyes of the students and their mentor. Directed and produced by Carole Rifkind and Richard Rifkind.
Introduced by Flo Stone, President & Founder, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Discussion with filmmakers Carole Rifkind and Richard Rifkind follows screening.