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 screwed. But Robert doesn’t accept that. He finds a reason to hope, and the resolve to be more resilient amid uncertainty.

Meet The Experts

Risk Factor features top risk experts, from daredevils to mathematicians.

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After nearly two years in the works, we're excited to announce we've just completed the one hour documentary, Risk Factor! We're currently planning screenings in selected locations across Canada and broadcast launch in English Canada on TVO and Knowledge BC and in French on Canal D.

The Credits

Directed and Produced by

Robert Lang

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