06th - 11th October 2016
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The autism enigma

Saturday 06th October 2012 from 20h00 to 21h30
Salle 1 / Auditorium

Directed by
Christopher Sumpton, Marion Gruner
Written by
Christopher Sumpton, Marion Gruner
Produced by
Cogent/Benger Productions

Documentary, Canada, 2011, 52 min

Competition Grand Jury

Autism is the fastest rising developmental disorder in the industrialized world. With an astounding 600% Autism increase in the last 20 years, scientists are still grappling with it’s cause. Research is inconclusive, but the emerging theme is that autism is triggered by environment, not genetics, and that our toxic lifestyle is now proving too much for children to bear. "The Autism Enigma" looks at the progress of an international group of scientists examining the gut’s amazingly diverse, and powerful microbial ecosystem for clues to the baffling disorder, and the extraordinary efforts of parents who have been relentlessly pushing science forward in hopes of finding answers for their children’s condition.


Debate with :

  • Eric Ellena, distributor of the film and member of the Association Science et Télévision
  • Catherine Barthélémy, Researcher at Child Psychiatry Universitary center Inserm
  • Jean-Louis Bresson, paediatric gastroenterologist, Necker hospital

Know more

  • More information about the film on the website (interviews, videos...)
  • The film can be rent and downloaded on Arte's website. (French)