Dartmouth Events

Hop Film: The Human Trial

An intimate journey with the patients and scientists who put themselves on the line to find a cure for type 1 diabetes. Discussion follows.

Friday, November 4, 2022
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Loew Auditorium, Black Family Visual Arts Center
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Arts, Films
Registration required. Fee required. Tickets required.

In 2011, Lisa Hepner and her husband Guy Mossman heard about a radical stem cell treatment for diabetes, a disease that shockingly kills more than five million people each year. Driven by a desire to cure Lisa of her own type 1 diabetes (T1D), the filmmakers were given unprecedented, real-time access to a clinical trial—only the sixth-ever embryonic stem cell trial in the world. Interweaving the journeys of both the patients undergoing the trial and the researchers keeping it going, the filmmakers reveal the emotional and physical rollercoaster of trying to cure a disease.

Director's Statement:

The swift rollout of a vaccine for Covid-19 showed us that we are capable of innovating in ways we didn't think possible. It showed us how critical clinical trials are to support breakthrough research. When Guy and I started making The Human Trial, we had no idea that our film would mirror the headlines of a breakthrough vaccine 10 years later. Unwittingly, our first-person narrative captured the zeitgeist of how cure research should be conducted.

D: Lisa Hepner and Guy Mossman, US, 2022, 1h31m

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