Human Nature


Documentary Films | 2019 | 107 minutes

Stranger Says: CRISPR, a recently discovered molecular cleaver that revolutionized genetic editing, could end genetic diseases as we know them—but it could also usher in a new era of eugenics and designer babies. Human Nature doesn’t shy away from either of these extremes and offers no easy answers to the ethical minefield of tinkering with our DNA. Far from a dry science seminar, the beautifully shot documentary uses a clever combination of simplistic genetic animations and compelling characters to convey the power of this discovery and why it has the potential to change what it means to be human. (TIMOTHY KENNEY)

SIFF Says: What can CRISPR—Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, a gene-editing process—do for mankind? Cure disease? Alter the environment? Produce designer children? Explore the possibilities, and the debate, in this doc.


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Film Credits
Adam Bolt
Jill Banfield, David Baltimore, Rodolphe Barrangou, Alta Charo, George Church
SIFF 2019