Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Human Nature


Year: 2019
Country: USA
Run Time: 94 minutes

Human Nature
Human Nature
Human Nature
Human Nature

What if before birth you could change the color of your child’s eyes, increase their IQ, or eliminate a genetic disorder? Would you do it? Recent scientific advancements in gene therapy are making this question less and less hypothetical. This research is about more than designer babies. It has practical and honorable applications. Treating David Sanchez, a young man we meet with sickle cell anemia, is an example. His genetic disorder results in moon-shaped cells that don’t oxygenate properly. The condition dramatically cuts the life expectancy of people infected. In the U.S.A., those with sickle cell anemia have an age expectancy in their early to mid-40s. In Africa, life expectancy is only five to eight years. Engineering DNA could allow scientists to eliminate the disorder, but at what cost? Are there other consequences that could occur when scientists modify our human nature? This documentary explores that question by interviewing scientists and researchers in the field. HUMAN NATURE also provides a voice to those living with debilitating genetic disorders and their families. — R.R.

CIFF44 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Sunday, March 29, 2020 at 3:30 PM ET

Monday, March 30, 2020 at 8:40 PM ET

Accessibility (?): No closed captions, audio description, English subtitles

Global Health Competition


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Derek Reich

Regina Sobel, Steve Tyler

Print Source

Film Sponsors

Cicerchi Development Company

Wonder Bar

Community Partners

Great Lakes Science Center

Media Partners

WKSU  89.7

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