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Diamond, Silver & Gold

Jason Kohn
Amanda Branson Gill & Jared Ian Goldman

Diamond, Silver & Gold is a new documentary that will explore the ways in which value is manufactured, manipulated and controlled. First, the film investigates Nobel Laureate Dr. Jack Szostak’s experiments to recreate the earth's earliest life forms. When he replicates genesis for the first time in 4.5 billion years, it will provide elegant proof of the chemical origins of life on earth as well as a definitive starting point for Darwinian evolution. To contextualize Dr. Szostak's research, the film simultaneously explores the synthetic diamond industry. Although synthetic and mined diamonds share the exact same chemical properties, global cartels have spent millions of dollars branding synthetic stones as 'fakes'. Will Dr. Szostak's lab-born cell be relegated to the dismal status of a synthetic diamond or will it challenge us to value, understand and appreciate our shared origins? Diamond, Silver & Gold will engage these two stories of synthetic genesis in order to explore our most fundamental cultural mythologies.

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