Human Nature- Hot Docs 2019 Quickie Review

Adam Bolt dives deep into a recent and revolutionary biological innovation in his directorial debut documentary. The film takes on many different perspectives of the people related to this new technology, from the scientists who discovered it, to the workers who are testing its potentials, alongside the families whose lives are being affected by it. These three sides to the story work together to create the most vivid picture of this new innovation; where the audience receives the most detailed version of the whole story.

With a topic as dry and fact-driven as the one here, the three sides of the story are all equally important to vesting the audience’s interest, especially the familial side. Arguably the most interesting aspect of the film, the families are the leveler that keeps the audience emotionally stimulated. The science side of the story is a significant part of it and the film does a fantastic job at illustrating the issues and ideas presented with simple terms and graphics. But ultimately, Human Nature is one tedious experience. While it remains an important film, it is one that would have resonate more with people who already have a background in genetics, rather than those coming into the story, fresh.

Human Nature screened at this year’s Hot Docs Canadian International Film Festival, as part of the Special Presentations program. Films We Like will later distribute the film this year.

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