The Patent Wars
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Showings
Rafael 3Sat, Oct 4, 2014 5:15 PM Not Available
 
Rafael 3Mon, Oct 6, 2014 6:30 PM Not Available
 
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
The Art of the Sciences
Country:Germany
Year:2014
Running Time:80
Language:English
German
and Hindi
Director:Hannah Leonie Prinzler
Producer:Katrin Springer
Volker Ullrich
Screenwriter:Hannah Leonie Prinzler
Cinematographer:Rasmus Sievers
Editor:Hannah Leonie Prinzler
Cast:Michele Boldrin
James Dyson
Anil Gupta
V.K. Gupta
Francis Gurry
David Martin
David Ravicher
Julie Samuels
Print Source:Filmkantine UG
Note Writer:Roberta McNair
Description

FOCUS: THE ART OF THE SCIENCES If patents exist to protect inventors-and ensure society continues to benefit from creativity and innovation-should they also deny crucial medications to people of the developing world? Such is the story of one single mother who after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis was unable to afford a life saving BRCA1 BRCA 2 gene test because the gene was patented by a corporation. Patents filed in the U.S. today bear little resemblance to those granted even 30 years ago; they have become tools to clinch market domination, conceal mediocrity, and manipulate world trade. Everything from a pre-existing human gene to crops grown for centuries can be patented, sometimes with just a description. The patent holders then can decide how much people must pay to test for that gene or plant that seed, thereby allowing access only to those who can afford the privilege. With its imaginative use of graphics and insightful interviews with key players from the Bay Area, The Patent Wars reveals the wholesale abuse of the system but offers hope from dedicated opponents of the current US patent structure working to promote innovation and share its bounty. NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

WITH SUPPORT FROM THE CONSULATE GENERAL OF GERMANY
IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE TO CELEBRATE LIFE BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

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Additional Information

Director Hannah Leonie Prinzler was born in Berlin in 1980. She studied Media Arts at the Bauhaus University in Weimar and at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney before starting to work as a freelance writer, director and film editor. Besides making films for broadcasters like ZDF/arte she has produced and directed a number of large-scale documentary video installations for major German museums.