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Science  22 Mar 2019:
Vol. 363, Issue 6433, pp. 1270-1274
DOI: 10.1126/science.aax1668

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An entrepreneur's ambitious health care start-up ends in indictment. A teenager in Malawi saves his village with a brilliant feat of engineering. A community works around the clock to save a tiny porpoise inching ever closer to extinction. From a Holocaust survivor's candid sex advice to a Cambridge Analytica insider's shocking congressional testimony, the science and technology stories told at this year's Sundance Film Festival were as riveting as they were timely. The festival, held in January and February in the snowy ski town of Park City, Utah, is now in its 34th year. The 2019 theme—"Risk Independence"—emphasized the organization's commitment to provocative themes and experimental storytelling. "Art can't spark conversation if it's playing it safe," summarized the Sundance Institute's executive director, Keri Putnam. Read on to see what our reviewers thought of 10 featured films sure to spark conversation in scientific circles.