Synopsis by Ryan Shriver
With the burgeoning moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding the genetic engineering industry, many nations have drafted legislation to regulate what types of genetic manipulation can and cannot be done. In the fall of 2002, filmmaker Jean-Stephane Bron started attending the negotiations and debates held at Switzerland's Bundeshuus (parliament) and spent the next year tracking five legislators as they fought over the details of one such bill. The result of Bron's labors is Mais im Bundeshuus (Corn in Parliament), which is as much a study of the Swiss political system as it is an analysis of the many differences of opinion in the genetic engineering industry. Tracking representatives from the Green, UDC, Radical, Socialist, and PDC parties, Bron watches the intense jockeying that occurs from the time the policy is being drafted to its final thrilling vote in the full parliament, with most of the intense debate stemming from Green Party representative Maya Graff and her Radical party adversary, Johannes Randegger. Mais im Bundeshuus was selected for inclusion in the 2003 Locarno International Film Festival.
behind-the-scenes, debate, ethics, genetic-engineering, legislative-system, Parliament, political-power, Switzerland