DNA Dreams

Bregtje van der Haak, 53 min, Netherlands.

What if we could identify the genes for human intelligence? Would a brave new world of improved human beings be waiting for us? The documentary DNA Dreams features a new generation of scientists at BGI, China’s leading genomics research institute.

The film follows eighteen-year-old Zhao Bowen, who wants to find the genetic basis of intelligence by analysing the DNA of 2,000 highly gifted children. At BGI’s cloning lab, twenty-five-year-old Lin Lin produces pigs in all shapes and forms. Deeply in love with her work, she feels ‘like a mother’ to the piglets that are conceived under her microscope.