A documentary short about the hidden side of paradise, produced & directed by Kit Farrell (19:52)
Pandora's Hope reveals a side of Kauai, Hawaii, rarely seen by the millions of visitors who come seeking paradise on earth. It's an important and surprising film shining daylight on secretive corporate & government scientific research; genetic modification in agricultural and biological organisms (GMOs); growing trends in open source science; and the urgent need for transparency and ethical responsibility, not only on Kauai, but worldwide, to protect the planet and everyone on it.
The film explores the current ethical and financial realities of scientific innovation and how they affect each of us personally regarding the food we eat, our health, and our general well-being. It touches on corporate and government ownership of research and product development in food, medicine, and personal security, and whether or not the resulting lack of transparency poses potential hazards to people and the environment. As citizens of the United States, are we not guaranteed a certain degree of self-determination, the ability to choose what we do to or put in our bodies? On the one hand, we are literally being force-fed industrially created food with unknown long-term effects on our health and the environment. On the other hand, some of us are willing to be human guinea pigs to help find cures for medical conditions or dental conditions, also with unknown long term effects on our health and the environment.