July 8, 2016 10:16 am
"This excellent Kartemquin Films documentary is a multifaceted unpacking and demythification of a loaded subject."
— Jonathan Rosenbaum, The Chicago Reader
Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita is a Peabody Award-winning documentary that puts a human face on the crucial debate over stem cell research.
When Dr. Jack Kessler was invited to head up the Neurology Department at Northwestern University, his focus was on using stem cells to help cure diabetes. However, soon after his move to Chicago, his daughter Allison was injured in a skiing accident and paralyzed from the waist down. In the moments following the accident, Dr. Kessler made the decision to change the focus of his research to begin looking for a cure for spinal cord injuries using embryonic stem cells. Through Kessler's story, Maria Finitzo's film follows the constantly evolving interplay between the promise of new discoveries, the controversy of modern science, and the resilience and courage of people living every day with devastating disease and injury.
A winner of several awards at festivals around the world, Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita was broadcast on Independent Lens, PBS and in several other countries in 2008.
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Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita is available on DVD here.