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One Book One Northwestern 2011-2012: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: Videos

Links to events, exhibits, and library resources about and supporting this year's OBON selection, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.

Movie Posters

Mitchell Multimedia Center

The Deadly deception. Princeton, NJ: Films for the Humanities, 1993.          364.142 D2786 vhs

A segment of the television program: Nova (56 min). WGBH/Boston; written, produced and directed by Denisce DiIanni; host/narrator, George Strait. Participants: Vanessa Gamble, Allan Brandt, Charles Pollard, Herman Shaw, Raymond Vonderlehr, John Heller, James Jones, Jay Katz, Fred Gray, Bill Jenkins, John Cutler, Gene Stollerman, David Sencer. Summary: Documentary investigates the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male", a medical experiment conducted in Alabama from 1932-1972 in which Afro-American men believed they were receiving free treatment for syphilis, but were given worthless medicines by government physicians. Includes interviews with patients, doctors, and medical historians.

Miss Evers' boys. HBO Home Video, 2001.          791.4372 M6773 dvd  

Based on the play: Miss Evers' boys by David Feldshuh. Originally broadcast on Feb. 22, 1997 (118 min.). An Anasazi production; teleplay by Walter Bernstein; directed by Joseph Sargent. Cast: Alfre Woodard, Laurence Fishburne, Craig Sheffer, Joe Morton, Obba Babatunde, Thom Gossom Jr., Von Coulter, E.G. Marshall, Ossie Davis. Summary: Fictional exploration of the U.S. government's "Tuskegee Experiment," a study of the effects of syphilis on Black patients who don't receive treatment (even though the cure has been found).

Something the Lord made. HBO Video, 2004.          791.4372 S6957 dvd  

Originally broadcast in 2004 (110 min.). A Cort/Madden production, a Joseph Sargent film; producer, Julian Krainin; produced by Mike Drake; written by Peter Silverman and Robert Caswell; directed by Joseph Sargent. Cast: Alan Rickman, Mos Def, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union, Merritt Wever, Clayton LeBouef, Charles Dutton, Mary Stuart Masterson. Summary: True story of two men who defined the rules of their time to launch a medical revolution, set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow south. Working in1940s Baltimore on an unprecedented technique for performing heart surgery on "blue babies", Dr. Alfred Blalock and lab technician Vivien Thomas from an impressive team. As Blalock and Thomas invent a new field of medicine, saving thousands of lives in the process, social pressures threaten to undermine their collaboration and tear them apart.

Tuskegee. Princeton, NJ : Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 2003.          174.28097 T9637 dvd

Originally aired on CBS on December 24, 1998 as a segment of the program Scandal! Producer/writer, Laurence Matlin; director, J.R. Rost; CBS News productions. (23 min.). Host, Richard Schlesinger. Summary: Between the years of 1932 and 1971, the U.S. government used approximately 600 blacks from Macon County, AL, as human guinea pigs for syphilis research under the guise of treatment for "bad blood." This program includes an interview with one of the last surviving participants, Herman Shaw; explains the role of Nurse Rivers; and presents the medical establishment’s justification for disguising racism as legitimate medical research. 

Film adaptation

Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball have teamed up with HBO to create the film version of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.