The Dark Gene

Documentary Film, Film
D/CH 2015 – 99 min

Shortlisted for the German Film Award 2016!

Now available on DVD

Screenplay, Director, Montage: Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick
DOP: Simon Guy Fässler, Philipp Künzli

In co-production with Dschoint Ventschr and ZDF/3sat

Funded by FF Hamburg Schleswig Holstein, BAK, BKM, FFA, DFFF, Zürcher Filmstiftung, Schweizer Fernsehen

The film tells a very personal story from two perspectives: our protagonist is both doctor and patient. As a patient, he has struggled with recurring depression for years, and as a doctor he wants to find out why.

The search for the origins of his illness leads him into the realm of his own genes and casts light on the fundamental changes facing modern society as a result of the tremendous progress being made in the field of genetic sequencing. Along the way, he meets a host of people – researchers, artists, visionaries – who have developed their own very individual approach to genetic coding and are drawing attention to the social significance of genetic technology. The film does not restrict itself to a scientific view of the subject but also makes use of artistic visions and more playful approaches to genetic blueprints.

These varied perspectives challenge the apparent pre-determination of genetics and help the protagonist in his struggle with his illness. And despite the suffering involved, they provide a reassuring view of the uniqueness of life.


Solothurner Filmtage

DOK.fest München

26. Int. Filmfest Emden – Norderney

35th Cambridge Film Festival

CPH:DOK Festival

LOLA at Berlinale

MILLENIUM Int. Documentary Film Festival 2016

ASTRA Film Festival – Sibiu 2016

International Film Festival of Science & Technology 360° – Moscow

Parisscience Festival 

Imagine Science Paris