CODEBREAKER: A Special Screening and Q&A

18 Nov
Community
Patrick Sammon, Executive Producer
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 7:00pm
Northwest B103

CODEBREAKER tells the remarkable and tragic story of one of the 20th century's most important people. Alan Turing set in motion the computer age and his World War II codebreaking helped turn the tide of war. This maverick British genius is one of the most important scientists ever, yet few people have heard his name, know his story, or understand his legacy. 

Historians say by breaking the German Naval Enigma code, Turing helped shorten the Second World War by two years, saving millions of lives. As the founding father of computer science and artificial intelligence, Alan Turing envisioned our digital world long before anyone else.

Instead of receiving accolades, Turing faced terrible persecution. In 1952, the British Government forced him to undergo chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality. In despair, Turing committed suicide on June 7, 1954. He was only 41 years old.

CODEBREAKER is a drama-documentary that uses emotional and engaging reconstructions to bring Turing to life in intricate detail and high color. The drama scenes center on the therapy sessions Turing participated in during the last 18 months of his life. Turing undertook voluntary psychotherapy with a German Jewish analyst. Dr. Franz Greenbaum had fled Berlin with his young family in 1939, barely escaping the Nazis. Unlike most psychiatrists and psychoanalysts of the day, Greenbaum had enlightened views about homosexuality. Greenbaum also took an interest in Turing’s mathematical insights with the patient/therapist relationship eventually becoming a friendship, as Turing made social visits to the Greenbaum home.

Built on a solid historical foundation of true events, Turing is our storyteller as he defiantly searches for answers. Documentary elements seamlessly interconnect with drama scenes to offer a three dimensional picture of Turing, his accomplishments, his tragic end, and his lasting legacy.   

Host: 
Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences