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DNA Dreams


2013, Netherlands
Original language
Running time
future, research, society, ethics, biology
Directed by
Bregtje van der Haak
Written by
Bregtje van der Haak
Produced by
© VPRO - TimeDoc

The film follows Zhao Bowen, high school drop-out and leader of the Cognitive Genomics Group, who uses some of the most powerful computers in the world to analyze the DNA of 2,000 highly gifted children. His goal: to find the genetic basis of intelligence. At BGI’s cloning lab, his colleague Lin Lin produces pigs in all shapes and forms. Deeply in love with her work, Lin Lin feels ‘like a mother’ to the piglets that are conceived under her microscope. Some have been manipulated genetically to shine a fluorescent light in the dark. The documentary shows us some traces of a future that is already here and takes a closer look at ‘data driven science’ as a fundamental shift in the global production of knowledge.