EDIT, May 14: Thanks to the surge of interest in BRCA after Angelina Jolie's announcement that she carries the gene mutation and has had preventative surgery, we will now extend the free streaming of the film at POV for another 2 weeks until May 26th! Please spread the word! A new blog post from Joanna - who has been recovering from her own surgery - will be coming soon.
As Supreme Court debates gene patenting linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer, POV and Kartemquin release "In the Family" free online
On April 15, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States will hear a landmark case on the patentability of genes linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer.
P.O.V., PBS' award-winning nonfiction film series, and FORCE are proud to offer a FREE screening of In the Family, a Kartemquin documentary by Joanna Rudnick, a BRCA-positive filmmaker, that chronicles the stories of families undergoing genetic testing, the decisions they make as a result, and the impact those decisions have on their lives.
Ahead of tonight's WTTW Chicago broadcast of In the Family, director/producer Joanna Rudnick reflects on the past decade of her life: living with the knowledge that she is genetically predisposed to a high chance of suffering from breast and ovarian cancer, making an award-winning film about the consequences of that knowledge and its effect on other women with the BRCA gene mutation, and finally, giving birth to a beautiful baby girl!
Read Joanna's moving blog below and watch a video update below: