Touched upon in "The Corporation" and other recent docs, the subject of genetic engineering -- especially as it effects future food supplies -- anchors this absorbing, sometimes scary German docu. Narrated in English, with significant portions shot in Canada, Anglo version will be an easy sell, but only on non-sponsored TV.

Touched upon in “The Corporation” and other recent docs, the subject of genetic engineering — especially as it effects future food supplies — anchors this absorbing, sometimes scary German docu. Narrated in English, with significant portions shot in Canada, Anglo version will be an easy sell, but only on non-sponsored TV.

Those three-eyed fish aren’t just something you see on “The Simpsons” anymore. Freaky mutations, traveling almost all the way up the food chain, are not restricted to flukes of pollution; they are now a planned product of chromosomal tweaking intended to get the fattest calf, the biggest salmon, and the most modified corn onto American tables. To say there’s less government oversight than ever is something of an understatement, as picmakers visit beleaguered scientists, consumer advocates, and organic farmers. Corporate types and bureaucrats interviewed present an endlessly rosy pic of the situation, however, while the skyline practically glows green around them.

Life Running Out Of Control

Germany

Production

A DENKmal-Film production, in association with Hafisch Films. (International sales: DENKMal, Munich.) Produced by Miche Morales, Bertram Verhaag. Directed, written by Bertram Verhaag.

Crew

Camera (color, DigiBeta), Gerardo Milsztein, Stefan Schindler; editor, Gabriele Krober; music, Michael Bauer Reviewed at Vancouver Film Festival (Changing the World), Sept. 30, 2004. Leben Aussen KontrolleRunning time: 95 MIN.

With

Dr. Shiva Vandada, Percy Schmeiser. (English dialogue)
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