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CODE OF SURVIVAL OR THE END OF GENETIC ENGINEERING

 © DENKmal Film
 © DENKmal Film


WINNER OF THE 2018 BERLIN & BEYOND FILM FESTIVAL AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Remarks by Director/Writer Bertram Verhaag: “I feel very proud to be honoured with the ‘Audience Award – Best Documentary Feature’ at the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in San Francisco. Films are made to be seen, their messages meant to be heard and this proves to me that my films reach their audience - even here in the United States. I have been making films for over 30 years. Nine of them deal with the fatal consequences of genetic engineering. Through my work, I have managed to educate many people about the far-reaching consequences of genetically modified plants: the impacts on other plants, animals and humans alike. In Germany, the resistance to genetic engineering has grown and I’d like to think my films have played their part in this development. Theatrical screenings and film events hosted by environmental associations are often followed by heated discussions. Winning this award in the United States is particularly important to me, as I hope to support the growing opposition against GMOs all over the world. After watching ‘Code of Survival’, viewers find that there are no arguments left for the use of genetic modification in agriculture. You can help me by spreading this crucial information! We only have this one earth - an earth that we shouldn’t destroy, but cherish and protect. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks and sincere gratitude to the audience for this very special award!”

Tue. Feb. 13, 2018 6:00 PM
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco
California Premiere
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95 min. Germany (2017). BD. In English

Director: Bertram Verhaag
Writers: Eva Linke, Bertram Verhaag
Cinematography: Waldemar Hauschild
Editor: Bertram Verhaag
Producer: Bertram Verhaag
World Sales: DENKmal Film



Worldwide, millions of tons of “Roundup“, with its active ingredient glyphosate, are applied to the land year after year. The alarming consequences: poisoned soils, resistant superweeds, contaminated crops and sick livestock. Nonetheless, especially the United States adhere to the destructive model of GM-agriculture. Three sustainable projects in India, Egypt and Germany prove that alternatives are achievable and successful. In an impressive montage the film confronts the effects of the poison-addicted industrial model, with the healing power of organic agriculture. Which method bears the “Code of Survival” on our planet?