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Synopsis
  • In the mid-eighties, science, with the help of genetic technology, finds the key to mastering the Earth and its creatures. Suddenly, everything seems possible! Twenty years later, we embark on a global journey to explore the progressive genetic manipulation of plants, animals and human beings:
    In India, a disastrous crop of genetically modified cotton leaves many farmers facing ruin. They resort to selling a kidney - or committing suicide.
    In Canada, genetically modified canola seeds blow onto the fields of neighbouring organic farms, making ecological farming impossible.
    The Icelandic parliament sells information on the entire population's genes to a private company that, in turn, plans to turn over the data at a profit to the pharmaceutical industry and insurance companies.
    A research project, described as a “vampire project”, involves taking blood, hair and saliva samples from 700 so-called threatened ethnic groups on the pretext of preventive health. The gene samples wander into the laboratories of industry where they provide the basis for developing treatments for valuable patents.
    Worldwide, only a handful of scientists are defying industry, carrying out independent research into the effects of transgenic animals and plants on the environment and our health. This film meets them and hears their stories.
Crew
  • Director: Bertram Verhaag
  • Director of photography: Gerardo Milsztein, Stefan Schindler
  • Editor (Cut): Gabriele Kröber
  • Sound: Zoltan Ravasz, Michael Busch
    • Production company: DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbHAVIV Films
    • Distributed by: DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH
    • Broadcasted by: ARDPhoenixWestdeutscher Rundfunk - WDREins Festival
Awards
  • (2004) 1st Price for the best Feature Production, Goias / Brasil
  • (2004) Nominated for the National Film Board of Canada Award, Vancouver / Canada
  • (2004) Nominated for the IDA Award International Documentary/Association, Los Angeles / USA
  • (2004) Goldener Luchs for the best journalistic Achievement, Freiburg / Germany
  • (2004) Environmental Great Prize for the best work in the Category Environment, Seia / Portugal
  • (2005) 1st Price for the best Production in the Category: Agriculture, Pesticides und Soil, Santa Cruz / USA
  • (2006) Silver Snail, Bra / Italien
Festivals
  • (2004) 19th International Documentary Filmfestival, München / Germany
  • (2004) 6th FICA - International Environmental Filmfestival, Goias / Brasil
  • (2004) Il Mostra Fica no Rio - International Environmental Filmfestival, Rio de Janeiro / Brasilien
  • (2004) NaturVision International Nature- and Animal-Filmfestival, Neuschönau / Germany
  • (2004) 23th Vancouver International Film Festival, Vancouver / Canada
  • (2004) 49th Cork Film Festival, Cork / Ireland
  • (2004) CineEco - 10. International Environmental Film and Video Festival, Seia / Portugal
  • (2004) Ökomedia, 21st International Environmental Film Festival, Freiburg / Germany
  • (2004) Nanookfest - Il Silenzioso Richiamo della Terra, Palermo / Italy
  • (2004) Mar del Plata Independent Film Festival, Buenos Aires / Brasilien
  • (2005) Globale05 - Das Anti-Globalisation Movement Film Festival, Berlin / Germany
  • (2005) Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, Washington DC / USA
  • (2005) International Human Rights Film Festival, Paris / France
  • (2005) One World - International Human Rights Film Festival, Prag / Czech Republic
  • (2005) Green Screen - UN World Environment Day, San Francisco / USA
  • (2005) 10th Split Inernational Film Festival of new Film, Split / Croatia
  • (2005) CPH: DOX -3rd Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Kopenhagen / Dänemark
  • (2005) The Chris Awards - 53rd Columbus International Film & Video Festival, Colombos / USA
  • (2005) CUT - International Human Rights Filmfestival, Dresden / Germany
  • (2005) Earth Vision - International Environmental Film & Video Festival, Santa Cruz / USA
  • (2006) 3rd Slow Food on Film - Cinema Corto in Bra, Bra / Italy
  • (2006) Junge Normale @ cinemagic - International Documentary Film Fest, Wien / Austria

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