The Man with the Golden Cells

The Man with the Golden Cells

In The Man with the Golden Cells, director Florence Martin-Kessler asks crucial and timely questions about the right to personal physical integrity in the face of scientific research. Travelling through Canada, France, the United States and Singapore, Martin-Kessler challenges an industry driven by the lure of profits - an industry that sometimes seems to ignore the distinction betweeen life and lab.

The starting point for this hour-long film is the famous lawsuit launched by John Moore, who sued his doctor for culturing, patenting and passing on Moore's cells to the pharmaceutical industry - all without his permission. This controversial suit marked the rise of biotechnology. But can the human body be reduced to a territory for scientific exploration?

The Man with the Golden Cells is a science documentary that navigates the worlds of patent protection and human dignity, while reminding us that the roots of biotechnology's commercial potential lie in our desire to be healthy and eternally young. Meanwhile, our body, so precious to us, is caught between the needs of commerce, ethics and health.

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Credits
  • director
    Florence Martin-Kessler
  • camera
    Mark Daniels
    Jean-Marc Bouzou
    Robert Vanherweghem
    Michel La Veaux
  • location sound
    Suzanne Newman
    Guillaume Chevalier
    Ismail Ishak
    Marcel Fraser
    Sylvain Vary
  • assistant director
    Gabriella Kessler
  • editing
    Luc Forveille
    Babalou Hamelin
    Mathilde Morieres
  • assistant editor
    Rohmiadi Doat
  • music
    Fabien Bourdier
  • sound editing
    Marco Fania
  • mix
    Audio Postproduction SPR Inc.
    Serge Boivin
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • on-line
    Denis Gathelier
  • colour balancing
    Denis Gathelier
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • narrator
    Kelly Ricard
  • English voice
    Liz MacRae
    Michael Rudder
  • coach
    Hubert Fielden
  • narration translator
    David Homel
  • translation
    Janet Chapman
  • subtitles
    Janet Chapman
  • research
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Fiona McLaughlin
    Gianna Franceschini
  • production manager
    Alain Bastide
    Sylvie Lapointe
  • production administrator
    Marie-Christine Gely
    Danièle Borg
  • production assistant
    Malik Menaï
  • marketing manager
    Jenny Thibault
  • marketing manager - assistance
    Solen Labrie Trépanier
  • studio administrator
    Manon Provencher
  • administrative staff
    Dominique Brunet
    Nathalie Cloutier
    Lise Lévesque
  • technical coordinator
    Jean-François Laprise
  • associate producer
    Maryse Chapdelaine
  • producer
    Paul Saadoun
    Virginie Guibbaud
    Yves Bisaillon
    Johanne Bergeron