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SCIENTISTS UNDER ATTACK - GENETIC ENGINEERING IN THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF MONEY (GEKAUFTE WAHRHEIT - GENTECHNIK IM MAGNETFELD DES GELDES)

SCIENTISTS UNDER ATTACK - GENETIC ENGINEERING IN THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF MONEY
Scene from SCIENTISTS UNDER ATTACK - GENETIC ENGINEERING IN THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF MONEY (photo © DENKmal Film)

Árpád Pusztai and Ignacio Chapela have two things in common. They are distinguished scientists and their careers are in ruins. Both scientists choose to look at the phenomenon of genetic engineering. Both made important discoveries. Both of them are suffering the fate of those who criticize the powerful vested interests that now dominate big business and scientific research.

Statements made by scientists themselves prove that 95% of the research in the area of genetic engineering is paid by the industry. Only 5% of the research is independent. The big danger for freedom of science and our democracy is evident. Can the public – we all – still trust our scientists?


Bertram Verhaag was born in 1944 and studied Sociology and Political Economics. After working at the Munich City Council's town development department, he attended the University of Television & Film Munich. In 1976, he founded the production company DENKmal-Film with Claus Strigel. A selection of their films includes: WHAT'S THIS CALLED LOVE (1978), REALLY TOO MUCH (1983), NUCLEAR SPLIT (1987), RUNAWAY (1992), BLUE EYED (1996), THE CROSS-OVER ARTIST (1997), THE AGRO REBELL (2000), THE LAST MAN ALIVE (2001), 86,000 SECONDS - SOMETIME SOMEDAY IN AMERICA (2002), THUNDERBIRD WOMAN - WINONA LA DUKE (2003), LIFE RUNNING OUT OF CONTROL (2004), LIFE IN PLASTIC (2008), and SCIENTISTS UNDER ATTACK - GENETIC ENGINEERING IN THE MAGNETIC FIELD OF MONEY (2010), among others.
Genre Environment/Ecology, Educational, Science
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Bertram Verhaag
Screenplay Bertram Verhaag
Cinematography Waldemar Hauschild
Producer Bertram Verhaag
Production Company DENKmal-Film/Munich
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, HDCAM, color, 1:1.66
Original Version
 English
Festivals FIPA 2010, Thessaloniki Doc Market 2010, OX DOX 2010, Durban 2010, New York 2010, Kos 2010, Milan 2010, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Montreal 2010, CNEX Taipei 2010, DOCUTAH St. George 2010, ARPA L.A. 2010, Ft. Lauderdale 2010, The Indie Fest La Jolla 2010, Planet in Focus Toronto 2010, Forum International Medias Nord Sud Burkina Faso 2010, Festival Tutti nello stesso Piatto Trento 2010, Maverick Movie Awards Meriden 2010, International Human Rights Festival Paris 2010, Pan African Film Festival L.A. 2011, Peace on Earth Film Festival Chicago 2011, among others
Awards Best Documentary The Indie Fest 2010, Top Ten Films at Kansas International Film Festival 2010, AT&T Award for Environmental Conservation and Stewardship ARPA L.A. 2010, The Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism Award 2010, Accolade Award Best Documentary 2010, Best Feature Documentary & Best Orignal Score Maverick Movie Awards 2010, Salus Journalism Award 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, German Federal Film Fund, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor DENKmal-Film/Munich

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