“The patient should be referred to as HeLa. And her name should not be used.” In 1951 one woman’s cells changed medicine for everyone and her family didn’t know. Doctors took her cells without asking. Those cells never died. They launched a medical revolution and a multimillion dollar industry. More than twenty years later, her children found out. Their lives will never be the same. “Everyone saying Henrietta donated those cells. He didn’t donate nothing. They took them and didn’t ask.”
“There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t benefited from your mother’s cells.” “My whole life what I cared about was knowing about my mother. I am tired of wanting to know and hiding.” Science took her cells. ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks‘ follows the decades-long saga of Henrietta Lacks, a woman whose cervical cancer cells were used anonymously to change the course of cancer treatment. Oprah Winfrey stars as Lacks’ daughter Deborah, who wrestles with the medical ethics surrounding this case.
“You want to go digging up graves you need to stop it.” “I am not stopping!” The World Will Know Her Name. She’s Famous, Just Nobody Knew It. There’s a lot we owe to Henrietta Lacks, a black woman whose life was cut short in 1951, but not before doctors could harvest some of her cells, “immortal” cells that provided the foundation for staggering medical breakthroughs. Lacks died at 31, leaving behind a daughter, who investigated her mother’s history with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot. The story became the nonfiction book, The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks, which has been adapted for film by producers Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball.
Written and directed by George C. Wolfe the first look teaser for the HBO film takes us through Lacks’ visit to the hospital, the doctors’ insistence that she not be named (and therefore, never credited) in any of the studies that were done on the cells they illegally harvested, to the way that event still echoes through her daughter Dorothy.
Starring Winfrey as Lacks’ daughter Deborah who wrestles with the medical ethics surrounding the case, following the decades-long saga of Henrietta Lacks, the movie also starring Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance and Renée Elise Goldsberry will be broadcast on HBO on April 22, 2017.
Oprah Winfrey playing the role of Henrietta’s daughter so powerful. What do you think?
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