At 27, filmmaker Joanna Rudnick tested positive for the BRCA mutation. She now faces an impossible decision: remove her healthy breasts and ovaries or risk incredible odds of developing cancer. Armed with a positive test result that leaves her essentially "a ticking time bomb," 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 their way around the wrenching decisions associated with predictive genetic testing. Turning the camera on herself, Joanna bares her conflicting emotions about preventative surgery and the potential consequences, just as she and her partner contemplate a family together. Intensely personal and timely, IN THE FAMILY is a groundbreaking investigation that attempts to answer the question: How much do you sacrifice to survive?
If the measure of a good film is that you're still thinking about it days later, then IN THE FAMILY is the best movie I've seen all year. --DCist
Deftly balances personal journal and objective examination of the issue. Rudnick is a charming host. --Washington City Paper
Informative, life-affirming, funny, and at times even infuriating. --Garry Denny, Public Media Digest