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The Stanford Prison Experiment:
Why Ordinary People do Horrible Things

Ongoing

With director Kyle Patrick Alvarez, social psychologist Christina Maslach, anthropologist Scott Atran, and science and medical writer Dean A. Haycock in person

Moderated by Jeffrey Toobin

Presented in collaboration with the World Science Festival

The citywide World Science Festival is an annual event with innovative programs that bridge the arts and sciences. Since 2011, Museum of the Moving Image has been the venue for the Festival’s film events. This year, the Museum and Festival will co-present a special preview screening of The Stanford Prison Experiment (Dir. Kyle Patrick Alvarez. 2015, 122 mins.), a standout from this year’s Sundance Film Festival, based on Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s landmark 1971 study on the psychology of imprisonment, in which a group of male undergraduates were randomly assigned to be either a guard or prisoner in a simulated jail. The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez, social psychologist Christina Maslach, anthropologist Scott Atran, and science and medical writer Dean A. Haycock. The conversation will be moderated by Jeffrey Toobin, writer and legal analyst.

The Stanford Prison Experiment is the winner of the 2015 Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Visit the Museum’s Sloan Science and Film website for more about the Sloan Film Program.

This event is sold out. Tickets may become available on a first-come, first-served basis through a standby line. Visit the Museum’s admission desk after 6:00 p.m. on the day of the screening to secure a position in the standby line. Tickets: $25 public ($15 Museum members at the Film Lover level and above). 

All tickets include same-day admission to the Museum (see gallery hours). View the Museum’s ticketing policy here. For more information on membership and to join online, visit our membership page.

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