A film that leads us through a storybook of past and present, illuminating the magic of fairy tales and belief in the impossible. Albert Einstein and Neils Bohr were geniuses in physics, and also great humanitarians. This collection of stories about their wit, playfulness, and compassion are told by eight grandmothers who give vivid expression to the personal lives of the scientists, spinning the tales with grace and depth.
On stage, they reveal untold chapters about the scientists’ lifelong commitments to friendship, peace and education. But behind the curtain, the women’s intersecting life experiences create a new narrative of struggle and triumph. A Mexican abuela surmounts her struggles with spoken English, an African American grandma reflects on her lifelong fight for civil rights; and another grandmother recalls being a teenager during WWII. As the women progress from rehearsals to the stage, they reveal their own strengths and remind us that one doesn’t have to be a genius to be fair, or playful, or to do things beautifully. Einstein, Bohr and grandmothers combine for a film whose powerful message extends beyond age, gender, and even science – it’s an affirmation of the value of playfulness and imagination within us all.
Illustrated with whimsical drawings and scored with original music, A Beautiful Equation will delight audiences of all ages!
“This film was a true gem. It was a simple visualization of the humanity of two of the world’s most brilliant minds – Albert Einstein and Niels Bohr. The way their words were delivered was a moving and humbling experience and at the same time contained so much fun.” – Sunrise Film Festival, Nova Scotia
Filmmaker: Robin Truesdale • Theatre Director: Len Barron
Two Hands Films, Colorado, USA
Running time: 53 minutes
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Robin Truesdale and Len Barron were interviewed on KGNU’s How On Earth Show, May 26, 2015, Boulder Colorado.