From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological innovations that may take us there.

What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run faster than most people in the world? What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery procedures have risen over 450%  percent* in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work? With prenatal screening able to predict hundreds of probable conditions, who should determine what kind of people get to be born? If you could augment your body’s abilities in any way imaginable, would you?


  • disability justice educator Patty Berne 
  • exoskeleton test pilot Fernanda Castelo
  • bionics engineer Hugh Herr
  • journalist and radio host John Hockenberry
  • scientist and ability studies scholar Gregor Wolbring

Also with:

  • disability studies scholar and artist Dominika Bednarska
  • robot scientist Rodney Brooks
  • futurist Jamais Cascio
  • bioethicist Marcy Darnovsky
  • brain-computer interface study participant Tim Hemmes
  • philosophy professor Cressida Heyes
  • transhumanist James Hughes
  • reproductive rights advocate Sujatha Jesudason
  • disability lawyer Silvia Yee

With performances by some of the world’s leading integrated dance companies, featuring disabled and non-disabled dancers, and other artists:

  • Anjali
  • Antoine Hunter
  • AXIS
  • Candoco
  • Dancing Wheels
  • GIMP with Lawrence Carter-Long, Jeffrey Freeze, Lezlie Frye and Catherine Long
  • Kounterclockwise
  • Lisa Bufano
  • Marc Brew
  • Remix 
  • Sins Invalid
  • Sue Austin

FIXED challenges notions of normal, the body and what it means fundamentally to be human in the 21st century.

quoteThis film is extremely important and will be very valuable for faculty from dozens of different disciplines from the biological sciences to disability studies to the humanities and social sciences… – Clark Miller, Chair, PhD Program, Human and Social Dimensions of Science and Technology, Arizona State University

quoteAn authoritative exposé on the use of technology in the quest for physical perfection.
Fariba Houman, Director, Human Research Protections Program, Mass. Eye and Ear Hospital

quoteAccessible, balanced…there is something entirely new here to help students stretch their thinking. It is perfect for the classroom.
Stacey Wickware, U.S. History and Medical Ethics teacher, Dozier-Libbey Medical High School

FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement is an essential teaching and research tool for:

  • Science & Tech studies
  • Disability Studies
  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Feminist/Gender/Women’s Studies
  • Sociology
  • Humanities/Medical Humanities
  • Bioengineering
  • Social justice studies
  • Ethics/Medical Ethics/Bioethics
  • Community Studies
  • American Studies
  • Genetics
  • Anthropology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Dance/Performance studies
  • Rhetoric
  • History
  • English
  • Social Welfare/ Social Work
  • Counseling
  • Mental Health Training, Licensing & Continuing Ed Programs
  • Rehabilitation training
  • Physical therapy programs
  • Medical schools
  • Engineering
  • Studies in Psychiatry, Psychology, and Behavioral Science
  • Philosophy
  • Law/legal studies
  • Prosthetic and Orthotic programs
  • Neuroscience/neurobiology
  • Health Sciences
  • Physics
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Urban design

Topic areas include: ableism; assistive technology; bionics; brain-machine interfaces; performance enhancing drugs; emerging human enhancement technologies; exoskeletons; eugenics; different frameworks of understanding disability; transhumanism and much more.

quoteFascinating, humane, and provocative reframing of conceptions of ‘normal’ bodies and ‘disability.
Gina Maranto, Professor, Ecosystem and Science Policy, University of Miami

Educational DVDs will be released September 2013. Order now from our educational distributor,  NEW DAY FILMS.

Running time: 61 mins (57 mins plus credits). Includes Closed Captions and Video Description.

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