Scene from the film The Dark Gene
Scene from the film The Dark Gene
Scene from the film The Dark Gene

The Dark Gene

  • Germany
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Frank Schauder is both a doctor and a patient. As a patient, he has struggled with recurring depression for years, as a doctor he wants to find out why. The search for the causes of his illness leads him into the realm of his own genes and casts light on the fundamental changes modern society is facing as a result of the tremendous progress being made in the field of genetic sequencing. This complex subject matter is presented in an understandable and aesthetically fascinating form. Our genetic foundation is visualised with subtle computer animations and input from both scientists and artists. And something that might sound abstract soon raises some of the most fundamental questions: How much do we know about ourselves? How much do we even want to know? Because knowledge equals power – the power to manipulate, control and bring about change, for better and for worse. Who are we really? How much of us is determined by our genes? And is there a 'dark' gene? A wise, thought-provoking film about the micro-world of genetics.


  • Original Title
    Das dunkle Gen
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick
  • Cinematography
    Philipp Künzli, Simon Guy Fässler
  • Editing
    Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick
  • Music
    Daniela Almada
  • Sound
    Christian Lutz, Patrick Veigel.
  • Runtime
    99 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland 2015
    • DOK.fest München, Germany 2015
    • International Filmfest Emden – Norderney, Germany 2015
    • Cambridge Film Festival, UK 2015
    • CPH:DOK Festival, Denmark 2015
    • LOLA at Berlinale, Germany 2016
    • MILLENIUM Int. Documentary Film Festival, Belgium 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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