Inventing Tomorrow


Saturday, Nov. 3 at 12:00pm
Tivoli Theatre

“Inventing Tomorrow” follows six young scientists from Indonesia, Hawaii, India, and Mexico as they tackle some of the most complex environmental issues facing humanity today — right in their own backyards. The student are preparing original scientific research that they will defend at ISEF, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Considered the Olympics of science fairs, ISEF is the largest gathering of high-school scientists in the world, attracting approximately 1,800 finalists from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories. All the finalists want to do a good job, but the heart of the story isn’t about whether they go home with an award. As they take water samples from contaminated lakes, dig up dirt in public parks, board illegal pirate mining ships, and test their experiments in a lab, the students display both a tenacious curiosity and a determination to build a better future. Motivated by the desire to protect their homes, these young people not only ask necessary questions about the problems in their communities but also propose innovative solutions to fix them. Variety writes of the students: “United by their fondness for intellectual challenges, they exemplify the limitless possibilities created when people use their imagination for altruistic problem-solving and collaborate with others for the greater good.”

87 min.
English & Spanish

Directed by

Laura Nix


India Indonesia Mexico U.S.

Film Category

Environmental Focus International Spotlight Leon & Mary Strauss Documentary Spotlight SLIFF/Kids Family Films Spotlight on Inspiration Documentary Competition Women in Film Spotlight


Education Environment Youth Science and Technology
With Peggy James Nacke, fair director at Academy of Science-St. Louis Science Fair.

Sponsored by

Movie Friends of the Ethical Society of St. Louis

Film Website

Official Website