THE GENE

 

 

-Based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s: “The Gene: An Intimate History”

Since the beginning of time, mankind has been trying to understand why we are the way we are. It is one of the most important scientific discoveries: genes determine all life. The history of genetic research is marked by setbacks and breakthroughs, human suffering and a thirst for knowledge. Based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book “The Gene: An Intimate History”, this two-part documentary tells the fascinating story of genetics and accompanies patients with genetic disorders on their journeys.

Part 1 – looks back to the beginnings of genetics: From the ancient thinkers’ first theories of inheritance, to the revolutionary findings of Gregor Mendel, and on to the discovery of the double helix – our growing understanding confronts science with ever more questions about the mystery of life.

Part 2 – tells the story of scientists who are now investigating our genetic make-up in the closest detail in order to identify – and cure – genetic disorders. But with opportunities come dangers: progress confronts society with major ethical questions. Answering them has consequences for the whole of humanity.

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryA film by Barak Goodman ● Writer David Blistein, Barak Goodman, Geoffrey Ward ● Executive producer Ken Burns, Dalton Delan, Siddhartha Mukherjee, Anne Harrington, Tom Chiodo, John F. Wilson ● Producer Chris Durrance, Jack Youngelson ● Director Chris Durrance, Jack Youngelson ● Editor Jenna Bliss, Peter Livingston Jr. ● Field and Archival Producer Lily Garrison ● Music David Cieri ● Archival Research Wyatt Stone, Daniela Bollmann

ARTE Version: Writer & Director Mareike Müller ● Consultant Dr. Ann Ehrenhofer-Murray ● Camera Knut Schmitz ● Editor Gary Feuerhake ● Assistant Editor Robert Elschner ● Sound Sven Klöpper, Nic Nagel, Michael Thäle ● Narrated by Mai Horlemann ● Executive Producer Antje Boehmert ● Commissioning Editro ZDF/ARTE Linde Dehner.

The Gene: An Intimate History a production of WETA-TV, Washington DC in association with  Ark Media ● © WETA-TV, Washington DC ● All Rights Reserved.

The Gene: An Intimate History – A film by Barak Goodman

ARTE Version: DAS GEN
Writer & Director: Mareike Müller
Camera: Knut Schmitz
Editor: Gary Feuerhake
Assistant Editor: Robert Elschner
Line Producer: Ko Miklik
Commissioning Editor ZDF: Linde Dehner
Executive Producer: Antje Boehmert

In co-production with ZDF/ARTE.

Length: 2x52min
Release Date: 2020

Based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s: “The Gene: An Intimate History”

Since the beginning of time, mankind has been trying to understand why we are the way we are. It is one of the most important scientific discoveries: genes determine all life. The history of genetic research is marked by setbacks and breakthroughs, human suffering and a thirst for knowledge. Based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s book “The Gene: An Intimate History”, this two-part documentary tells the fascinating story of genetics and accompanies patients with genetic disorders on their journeys.

Part 1 – looks back to the beginnings of genetics: From the ancient thinkers’ first theories of inheritance, to the revolutionary findings of Gregor Mendel, and on to the discovery of the double helix – our growing understanding confronts science with ever more questions about the mystery of life.

Part 2 – tells the story of scientists who are now investigating our genetic make-up in the closest detail in order to identify – and cure – genetic disorders. But with opportunities come dangers: progress confronts society with major ethical questions. Answering them has consequences for the whole of humanity.

The Gene: An Intimate History – A film by Barak Goodman

ARTE Version: DAS GEN
Writer & Director: Mareike Müller
Camera: Knut Schmitz
Editor: Gary Feuerhake
Assistant Editor: Robert Elschner
Line Producer: Ko Miklik
Commissioning Editor ZDF: Linde Dehner
Executive Producer: Antje Boehmert

In co-production with ZDF/ARTE.

Length: 2x52min
Release Date: 2020