Who can become a scientist? From media to textbooks, the answer too often is very narrow. This event will feature a collection of short films that tell the stories of how underrepresented scientists have succeeded because (and not in spite) of their identities, culture, and life experiences. Called “Background to Breakthrough”, these films expand the definition of who can become a scientist, and how. The screening will be followed by a Q&A and interactive discussion with the producers of the films. “Background to Breakthrough” is produced by Wonder Collaborative, a new initiative aiming to reinvent science filmmaking to capture the essence, complexity, and process of science to spark wonder. Wonder Collaborative is a project of iBiology, a UCSF-based non-profit organization with the mission to convey, in the form of free videos, the excitement of modern biology and the process by which scientific discoveries are made.