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Closing Film: Genesis 2.0

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum 25 Main St Cooperstown, NY 13326 (map)
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At the core of Genesis 2.0 is the emerging area of scientific research known as “synthetic biology,” a relatively new field trying to control evolution by designing biological systems not occurring in nature. Traveling back and forth—from the New Siberian Islands where a team of local prospectors is unearthing woolly mammoth tusks and carcasses from the melting permafrost, to the woolly mammoth museum in Yakutsk, to a gene data bank in China, to a biotech firm in South Korea that made headlines because their stem cell research was fraudulent, to a successful dog-cloning company, to a Harvard genetics lab hoping to soon produce a hybrid mammoth-Asian elephant embryo from ancient DNA—Genesis 2.0 is best summed up in a review from The Hollywood Reporter, “a real-life thriller structured like a double helix, simultaneously frightening and unforgettable.” Swiss filmmaker Christian Frei, who embedded with the mammoth hunters for an entire season, received an Oscar nomination for his earlier documentary War Photographer. (Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev, 2018, 112 minutes)

Earlier Event: November 11
Bagages w/ Migration