The Human Trial: Review

The Human Trial: Review

11 years ago, Lisa Hepner and her husband Guy were made aware of a stem cell treatment that could treat diabetes. However, having type 1 diabetes herself Lisa was sceptical but curious at how such a thing could work. So, along with her husband and a camera they went to investigate the clinical trials which were being held on human subjects to determine how successful or worthwhile the treatment could really be.

The Human Trial is a documentary directed by Lisa Hepner and her husband Guy Mossman which allowed cameras into the sixth embryonic stem cell clinical trial that has ever taken place, and the first to ever be captured on camera. Serving as a fly on the wall documentary, The Human Trial follows various people who have signed up for the trial and how they’ve come to a point in their lives where they’re looking for a cure.

Lisa herself has been dealing with type 1 diabetes for over 30 years and so she knows all too well what they’re going through. However, showing the different people who have all had different life experiences gives the audience a better idea of what people with the condition have all had to endure, even when they look healthy on the outside.



People have also taken to it in different ways and despite Lisa having a family and a full-time job, some have taken a different perspective on their condition. Stories of people who have had times in their lives where they’ve just about given up should tell you all you need to know about how hard it can be.

However, it shows that there is hope and over the course of 10 years, the experiences of Lisa and others during the trial show that progress is possible, but it’s hard.

Showing the story as plainly as possible doesn’t give time for heightened drama or to play on the sympathies of The Human Trial’s subjects. Although, for those who pay attention then they may learn something about how ordinary people can be affected everyday in ways we wouldn’t even know.

Also, despite the reputation of the US medical service it’s good to know that research is being put into making people’s lives better.


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