Human Nature

12 september 2019

20 : 30

International contest

Brief Synopsis:

A breakthrough called CRISPR has given us unprecedented control over the basic building blocks of life. It opens the door to curing diseases, reshaping the biosphere, and designing our own children. Human Nature is a provocative exploration of CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits. How will this new power change our relationship with nature? What will it mean for human evolution? To begin to answer these questions we must look back billions of years and peer into an uncertain future.


Directed by: Adam Bolt
Screenplay: Karen Winther
Production: News and Guts Films, The Wonder Collaborative
Producers: Meredith Desalazar, Sarah Goodwin, Elliot Kirschner, Greg Boustead, Dan Rather
Editing: Regina Sobel, Steve Tyler
Cinematography: Derek Reich
Italian distribution: Barone | Camera Distribuzioni Internazionali
International sales: Ro*co Films
Running time: 107’
Country: United States
Year: 2019
Contacts: Adam Bolt | Regista | – Elena Urbani | Camera Distribuzioni Internazionali |

Director’s note:

HUMAN NATURE really asks people to think about what it means to be human and what we want it to mean, now that we have the power to change ourselves in this fundamental way. I hope people walk out of the theater and immediately start discussing and debating that with each other.
Instead, we wanted to take people on a journey through the brave new world of CRISPR and hopefully leave them feeling a little uncertain about how they feel. In a world where technology is changing so quickly, I think some collective uncertainty is a good thing. CRISPR and gene editing have tremendous potential for good. But I think we have to be continuously grappling with how technology is affecting society. And that’s what I love about film—it brings people together in a dark room to have a shared experience, and then when the lights come up, we can start talking about it with each other.
Adam Bolt