In the Name of the Gene

The idea that the poor are genetically different from the rich or that men are naturally more intelligent than women may seem laughable but it’s an argument regularly used as a social weapon to stall the advancement of equality and maintain the status quo.

Since the discovery of DNA, the idea that genes are somehow responsible for everything has permeated society. Claims about discoveries of genes for intelligence, poverty and crime offer pseudoscientific explanations for rising rates of inequality and discrimination. But as this film shows, the science underpinning these beliefs has been thoroughly debunked.

We separate the fact from the fiction surrounding genes and investigate the gross abuses perpetrated in the name of dangerous biological nonsense.


  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 102, 52 minutes
  • Production: Cornerstone
  • Director: Stephanie Welch
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: USA



  • Santa Fe Film Festival (USA), Savannah Film Festival (USA), Red Rock Festival Coronado Island Film Festival ( California, USA), Red Rock Film Festival (Utah, USA), AFO Academia Film Olomouc 2018 (Czech Republic), #LabMeCrazy! Science Film Festival 2019 (Spain).

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