• Life running out of control


Life running out of control

a film by Bertram Verhaag

Life running out of control

Germany | 2004 | 60:00 min

Formal Categories

Ecology Economy

Content Categories

Seit die Gentechnik in den 1980er Jahren ihren Siegeszug durch die Welt antrat, hat sich eine unheimliche Eigendynamik entwickelt. Kommerzielle Manipulation von Erbgut ist allgegenwärtig und hat katastrophale Folgen. Können Forscher und Verbraucher die Büchse der Pandora wieder schließen?
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.
Cast and Crew
  • Director Bertram Verhaag
  • Producer Michel Morales, Bertram Verhaag
  • Director of Photography Stefan Schindler, Gerado José Milsztein
  • Editor Gabi Kröber
  • Sound Zoltan Ravasz, Michael Busch
  • Score Michael Bauer
Original Languages



Production Company
DENKmal-Film Verhaag GmbH
Herzogstr. 97, 80796 München

Phone: +49 89 526601

Fax: +49 89 5234742

Supported by
Hessen Invest Film
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