Monday, October 13, 2014

The Way of All Flesh Film Showing

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community Committee invites you to attend a showing of the BBC award winning documentary “The Way of All Flesh” at the Bridgewater Public Library. The film will be shown at 6:30p.m. on Monday, October 20th in the library’s Flora T. Little Meeting Room.

The documentary focuses on Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta's cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown. This documentary tells her story, explaining the controversy surrounding use of the cells, and how the cells affected medical and political history.

Bridgewater’s One Book One Community committee has chosen “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot as its autumn selection.

For more information about One Book One Community, pick up a brochure at the Bridgewater Public Library or visit the OBOC Facebook page at: OBOC chooses two books every year, one in the spring and a second in the fall. All Bridgewater residents are invited to participate in a series of activities focusing on the selected book’s theme.

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