24 - 27 JUNE 2019 / LA ROCHELLE - FRANCE

Balazs Lerner

Writer & Director

Balazs Lerner

Writer & Director
Hungary

Biography

Balazs Lerner

Balazs Lerner is an anthropologist and storyteller. After studying biology, African studies and anthropology, he had his fieldwork amongst the Hadza hunters of Tanzania. Later he worked for NGOs in Europe, East- and West Africa. Besides he also worked as a photographer and covered humanitarian issues in countries like Western Sahara, Ghana and Nicaragua and he authored several books on Africa and religions. As a professional cave diver he is regularly involved in scientific and exploratory work at international expeditions from Bosnia-Herzegovina to the Yucatan Peninsula. With a strong interest in science communication and visual storytelling, during the last decade he was writing, directing and editing science- and adventure documentaries working together as independent directors with evolutionary biologist and adventurer Gergely Balazs. They strongly believe the complexity of scientific discoveries can be interpreted in popular science documentaries without overgeneralization.

Project: “Sex, Scalpels & Sketches: On the Fabric of the Human Body”

Synopsis: An investigation to find all the remaining copies of the first atlas of anatomy reveals how our relation to our body has changed since the 16th century. We follow determined historians to secret monasteries to find unknown handwritten annotations that change our knowledge on anatomy forever.