The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


When journalist Rebecca Skloot (Rose Byrne) decides to write a book about the African-American woman whose cancer cells changed history, she learns how much the family has suffered over the decades. This reality-based film becomes primarily a showcase for Oprah Winfrey, who’s very strong as one of Henrietta Lacks’s children who are grappling with grief, mental issues and the feeling that their mother was used for experiments without her role in history being properly recognized. Not surprisingly, race also plays a part. In spite of all the emotion on display though, the Lacks family isn’t easily penetrated here.

2017-U.S. Made for TV. 93 min. Color. Directed by George C. Wolfe. Book: Rebecca Skloot. Cast: Oprah Winfrey (Deborah Lacks), Rose Byrne (Rebecca Skloot), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Henrietta Lacks), Courtney B. Vance, Reg E. Cathey, Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

Trivia: Co-executive produced by Winfrey.



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