We offer a small but growing collection of films that offer glimpses into the hearts and lives of scientists and aspiring scientists. These films reveal their passions, struggles, setbacks, and the prices many willingly pay to pursue their dreams and to do what they love.

These great stories are produced by outstanding filmmakers and storytellers; they are meant to be enjoyed as any other movie by educators and students alike. Our goal in providing these stories is not so much about information, but inspiration.

Man walking on fallen log in a forest

The Serengeti Rules

Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of young scientists headed out into the wilderness, driven by an insatiable curiosity about how nature works. Now in the twilight of their careers, these five heroes of modern ecology share the stories of their adventures, reveal how their pioneering work flipped our view of nature on its head, and give us a chance to reimagine the world as it could and should be.

Due to international distribution restrictions, the film can be streamed only in the United States.

The Guide: A Biologist in Gorongosa

This film is set in war-torn Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, a protected area that has been the subject of a large-scale restoration project. The film tells the story of a young man from the local community who discovers a passion for science after meeting world-renowned biologist E. O. Wilson.

Two monarch butterflies on a flower

Flight of the Butterflies

This film is a scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It’s about the remarkable monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientist who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.