Denkmal-Film Verhaag

Leben ausser Kontrolle (Kurzversion)

Life running out of control - Gene Food...

Short Version

a film by Bertram Verhaag & Gabriele Kröber

60 min

(Genetic engineering with plants and animals)

with Andrew Kimbrell, Percy Schmeiser, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Samba Shiva, Martin Pratchler, Joe McGonigle, Rick Howard, Marc Loiselle, Terje Traavic, Mark Franz and Larry Bain

In the mid-eighties science, with the help of genetic technology, finds the key to mastering the earth and especially its creatures. Suddenly, everything seems possible!

Years later we embark on a global journey to explore the progressive and continual genetic manipulation of plants and animals: Due to a disastrous crop with genetically modified cotton many Indian farmers face ruin, have to sell one of their kidneys or resort to committing suicide. In Canada genetically modified canola seeds blow onto the fields of neighbouring organic farms, thus making ecological farming impossible.

The Canadian company AQUA BOUNTY is just about to obtain market approval in 2004 for ist sterile, genetically manipulated giant salmon, which grows six times larger in only half the time than the other members of ist species living in the wild. Regardless of any fear harboured by consumers the genetically modified fish are soon to land in our pots and frying pans. Worldwide only a handful of idealistic scientists are defying industry, doing independent – without the financial support of industry – research on the effects of transgenic animals and plants on the environment and our health when we consume genetically modified food.

”LIFE RUNNING OUT OF CONTROL is an alarming film, yet one that is well worth seeing. For it teaches us that consumers need to be very concerned about the future, when politicians and corporations are only able to think short-term."
(Stuttgarter Zeitung)
"Bertram Verhaag and Gabriele Kröber were aiming for a lucky strike and – to come right to the point – they have succeeded. Their new documentary film ”LIFE RUNNING OUT OF CONTROL” criticizes the new development in gene technology."
(Gen-ethischer Informationsdienst)
"In his meticulously researched, excellently photographed and complexly assembled documentary film the director succeeds in covering a lot of ground, from the genetic manipulation of our food to the manipulation of the human genome. It is a wake-up call to stop this fatal development."

(Language Versions: German, English, French, Portuguese, Polish, Korean)

1. Preis für die beste lange Produktion (The Carmo Bernardes Trophy), 6. FICA 2004 -- Nominierung für den National Film Board of Canada Award, 23. Vancouver International Film Festival 2004 -- Nominierung für den IDA Award, 20. Annual Awards Competition 2004 -- Goldener Luchs für die beste journalistische Leistung, 21. internationales Umwelt Filmfestival Ökomedia 2004 -- Environmental Great Prize (Câmara Municipal de Seia) für die beste Arbeit in der Kategorie Umwelt, CineEco 2004 -- Lobende Erwähnung, CineEco-Jugendjury 2004 -- Lobende Erwähnung, The Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival 2005 -- 1. Preis für die beste Produktion in der Kategorie Landwirtschaft, Pestizide und Boden, Earth Vision 2005 -- Silver Snail, 3. Slow Food on Film 2006
Buch & Regie Bertram Verhaag Kamera Gerardo Milsztein - Stefan Schindler
Schnitt Gabriele Kröber Ton Zoltan Ravasz - Michael Busch
Produzenten Bertram Verhaag - Michel Morales Assistenz Klaus Mayer - Kim Koch - Bitta Boerger - Verena Gstöttl Musik Michael Bauer
Postproduktion Westend Film & TV Produktion Redaktion Gudrun Hanke-El Ghomri, SWR
In Zusammenarbeit mit SWR und AVIV Pictures
© 2004 DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH & AVIV Pictures