|In the Family
A film by Joanna Rudnick
83 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2008
At 31, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick faces an impossible decision: remove her breasts 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?
Update: In July 2008, In the Family screened on Capitol Hill as part of an effort to successfully pass the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act. It was later leveraged to raise public awareness about the dangers of BRCA gene patents in the Supreme Court case that resulted in invalidating those patents in 2013.
"Informative, enlightening, life-affirming, funny, and at times even infuriating."
"Deftly balances personal journal and objective examination of the issue. Rudnick is a charming host." - Washington City Paper
"If the measure of a good film is that youíre still thinking about it days later, then In the Family is the best movie Iíve seen all year." - DCist.com
"With breathtaking honesty, skillful artistry, scientific accuracy, and loving care, Joanna Rudnick tells her own story and that of many other families wrestling with a genetic report that spells BRCA1 -- breast and ovarian cancer. I have never seen a film that revealed the human side of the new genetics more compellingly."
2009 Emmy Award Nominee!
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● Extra Scenes and Follow-Ups