The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

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Tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used in the 1950s to create the first immortal human cell line resulting in medical breakthroughs.
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FIC Immor
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby 5.1
1 videodisc (approximately 90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.


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Oct 07, 2017

Strangely moving. A compelling look at the trauma of a family who lost the mother. Is it possible that the hospital actually used her as a guinea pig? Probably. Was the sister who died in one of the worst mental hospitals in the country a victim of abuse that resulted in her death? It seems plausible. But the main story is one woman's fight for answers about who her mother was. The family may have wanted money, but this woman just wanted to understand the impossible to imagine. (I deducted one star because Rose Byrne was just too, too chirpy. Was anyone ever that young and happy?)

Sep 30, 2017

Excellent performances abound in this one, particularly from Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne. However, as filmmaking goes, it's a slower, stolid piece that fails to significantly engage the viewer.

Sep 15, 2017

I'm not a fan of movies or documentaries that tell a story in bits and pieces or flashbacks. It disrupts the flow of the storyline and I think it's a cheap, lazy trick the writer and producer does to avoid providing a meaningful story. Unfortunately, I still only know a few things about the subject. I know what happened to her cells & what happened to her children after her death. I don't know much more about her than I did before I watched the movie. I am glad that her legacy is being recognized for helping millions of people.

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