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DNA Dreams
DNA Dreams
DNA Dreams
DNA Dreams
Marzenia o DNA
dir. Bregtje van der Haak, Netherlands, 2012, 53 mins
Section: Political Sciences  ·  Competition: Magic Hour Award
Screening times
May 10 21:30, Iluzjon Stolica
May 11 19:00, Iluzjon Mała
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About the film

They are young and highly motivated, have studied abroad and speak fluent English. The employees of the Chinese BGI Ark Biotechnology company study the relation between the human DNA code and IQ. Between their cell-like workplaces and sterile labs, dreaming is still allowed because this is where our future is shaped. Which baby would you like? On the backdrop of China’s one-child policy it’s only natural that it should be perfect. So one day we will be able to assemble our ideal child by character, intelligence and looks, like in a department store. Of course, genes that guarantee a long life are particularly valued. This company, which accepts only the blood samples of the very best, sees itself as a savior of humanity in the vein of Noah’s Ark. Director Bregtje van der Haak was given generous access to the company premises where the young scientists talk freely about their visions. You can literally sense their excitement at “playing God”. But what if the results of their research are translated into a Western business model? As the director includes apparently peripheral details into her visual world, she manages to open a space for reflection that brings home the contemporaneity and monstrosity of these horror scenarios.


Reżyseria/Directed by: Bregtje van der Haak
Produkcja/Production: Brigit Dopheide; VPRO/Time Doc ltd.

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Chiny małych geniuszy, o których słychać w mediach i literaturze coraz więcej, a jednak wciąż za mało, by nie szokowały obrazki chińskich nastolatków kierujących badaniami nad międzynarodowymi DNA. (emjakniewiem)