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Risk Factor

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Catalogue Number:  KC0101
Producer:  Kensington Communications Inc.
Producing Agencies:  Kensington Communications Inc.
Subject:  Canadian Social Issues, Character Education, Civics, Documentary, Guidance, Health and Medicine, Psychology, Safety, Social Issues, Social Sciences
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2017
Running Time:  54:18
Closed Captions:  Yes

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“I think we teach numeracy to students, how to evaluate risk, how to evaluate an argument, how to look at different news sources, how to think critically.” – Bruce Schneier

Filmmaker Robert Lang is confused about the risks he faces – from his personal health risks to the big societal risks that might or might not threaten us all. So he goes on a journey to gain insight from the world’s top risk experts. He meets a brainy statistician at Cambridge University and an extreme ice climber on an avalanche prone mountain, a physicist in a nuclear reactor and a security guru at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The twists and turns of the journey lead Robert to replay and reconsider his most risk laden life experiences – from a drunken joyride, to a murder on his doorstep, to a brush with nuclear radiation, to the pages of his family history that speak to current fears about the risk of terrorism. In the end, Robert meets a psychologist whose data proves that society will never agree on the biggest risks we face – that our risk perceptions will always be chained to our tribe. If true… we’re all in trouble. But Robert doesn’t accept that. He finds a reason to hope, and the resolve to be more resilient amid uncertainty.

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