Henrietta Lacks? I don’t know her. It’s a typical answer.
An anonymous hero or a victim of medicine? A black woman used for research or maybe a terminally ill patient whose cells were taken for scientific experiments, and which proved to be the first capable of immortal effort?
Baltimore, 1951. 31-year-old Henrietta had cancer of the uterus. She did not know that her cells had been taken. She did not learn about HeLa cells. Her five orphaned children did not get any support, but disloyal doctors gained a lot of symbolic and/or material capital. This is a melodrama worthy of a Hollywood movie. But wouldn’t it be better to look at the story of Henrietta Lacks from the perspective of the common good and consider the issue of cell ownership?
Direction: Anna Smolar
Cast: Marta Malikowska, Sonia Roszczuk, Maciej Pesta, Jan Sobolewski
Script: Anna Smolar, Marta Malikowska, Maciej Pesta, Sonia Roszczuk, Jan Sobolewski
Dramaturgy Consultation: Piotr Gruszczyński
Set Design, Costumes: Anna Met
Music: Natalia Fiedorczuk-Cieślak
Coproduction: Centrum Nauki Kopernik