July 22, 2016 12:18 pm
"I have never seen a film that revealed the human side of the new genetics more compellingly."
— Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Human Genome Project
At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breast and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. Armed with a genetic test result that leaves her vulnerable and confused, she balances dreams of having her own children with the unnerving reality that she is risking her life by holding on to her fertility.
In the Family follows Joanna as she connects with other women trying to navigate the unpredictable world of predictive genetic testing. Intensely personal and timely, this provocative film asks: How much do you sacrifice to survive?
The film has been widely recognized and was the receiver of an Emmy-nomination, broadcast on PBS, and screened on Capitol Hill. In the Family continues to play a huge role in galvanizing around human gene patenting issues. Rudnick went on to become an in-demand spokesperson and activist as the film became required viewing for lawyers, scientists, and activists debating the legality of human gene patenting. She made impactful relationships with advocacy groups and cancer "previvors" worldwide. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) ended up filing suit against Myriad (the single company that owned the patent for the BRCA gene and been charging women over $3,000 per test), resulting in a Supreme Court victory in June 2013.
The film continues to be used as a resource doctors and cancer groups recommend to women as they learn they carry the BRCA gene. Joanna now has two children, underwent a preventative bilateral mastectomy, and is still an ardent campaigner for Myriad to free the data it still holds on thousands of women. You can learn more on ACLU's website here.
Extras included in this package:
- View an update video from the film's producer and directory, Joanna Rudnick, here.
Available for Purchase on DVD:
In the Family is available on DVD here.