Humanities Institute

Controversy & Conversation Film Screening: Icarus

Thu, April 4, 2019 | Terrazas Branch, Austin Public Library, 1005 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78702

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


The 2018 Oscar Award winning film for Best Documentary Feature, ICARUS tells the story of the ruthless worlds of international sports and politics colliding. While investigating the furtive world of illegal doping in sports, director Bryan Fogel connects with renegade Russian scientist Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov—a pillar of his country’s “anti-doping” program. Over dozens of Skype calls, urine samples, and badly administered hormone injections, Fogel and Rodchenkov grow closer despite shocking allegations that place Rodchenkov at the center of Russia’s state-sponsored Olympic doping program. When the truth is more complex than imagined, and accusations of illegalities run to Russia’s highest chains of command, the two realize they hold the power to reveal the biggest international sports scandal in living memory.

Exemplifying the special bond between filmmaker and subject, this is a vital portrait of the sacrifice some people will make to stand up for truth. ICARUS places you at the heart of an international game of cat and mouse, where a miscalculation can cost you your life.

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John Hoberman

The screening will begin at 6:30PM, to be followed by a dialogue facilitated by John Hoberman, Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Hoberman has taught in UT’s College of Liberal Arts since 1979. He has been active in the field of sports studies in the areas of politics, race, and performance-enhancing drugs. He has a special interest in the corrupt officials and practices that have infiltrated the major international sports organizations over many years.

Refreshments will be provided.

Controversy & Conversation is a collaboration between the Difficult Dialogues Program and the Austin Public Library.

Sponsored by: The Humanities Institute and the Austin Public Library

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