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Human Nature

Adam Bolt 2019

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.


  • ‘Human Nature’: Film Review
    "A cogent, wide-ranging look at both the discovery and the nascent, soon-to-be-giant fights humans are having over it, the documentary should be welcomed in its limited theatrical release and will be even more useful on video."
    John Defore
  • CRISPR is fueling a modern-day scientific revolution. ‘Human Nature’ documentary looks at its promise and potential perils.
    "One of the film’s strengths is its lack of narrator. Instead, it relies on scientists, patients and others to tell a complex story with ease. Insightful 3-D graphics that borrow from microscopic imagery make the science understandable without dumbing it down."
    Erin Blakemore
  • ‘Human Nature’: Film Review
    "If “Human Nature” feels different from other science docs, that’s largely because it seems to have one foot planted in the realm of hard science and the other pointed as far skyward as possible, engaging with the philosophical and moral implications of speculative applications for such technology."
    Peter Debruge

Festival Participation

  • SXSW Film Festival - 2019
    World Premiere
  • CPH:DOX - 2019
  • Hot Docs - 2019
  • Full Frame Documentary Film Festival - 2019
  • Seattle International Film Festival - 2019
  • AFI Docs - 2019
  • DOC NYC - 2019
  • AFO Film Festival - 2019
    Audience Award
  • Vancouver International Film Festival - 2019
  • Bergen International Film Festival - 2019

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