Very hard to watch, it's rendered in an intimate way you feel like your inside the characters, in their pain, their unique individuality and expressions of emotions. I already knew the story from back in university days, but not like this, only from a scientific perspective as the HeLa cell, it's function and applications, there was never a name put to it, no origin of cultivation. And then the book came out, and it shattered everything for me from the viewpoint of a 21st century scientific mind.
The movie is the beginning and not the end of the story of Henrietta Lacks. As a human being, her story resounds like a steel echo of my spiritual evolution , as a person with the mind of a theoretical physicist, a scientist, I am excruciatingly fascinated by the origin of Ms. Lack's cellular composition. She was more than human, that's unquestionable, her genetic sequence beyond what we can yet understand , It underlies today's stem cell research. I want to know more, more about the woman, the human being, the child, the woman, the mother. What irony is it to have the name of Lacks, when she possessed the key to immortality in her very cells. Something Jon Hopkins recognized and took it upon itself without the consent of the immediate family, to take and utilize the key for its own gains. Ms. Henrietta lives on forever inside her descendants and frozen in tubes (the latter a chilling thought). On it's own, that it was cultivated from cervical cancer cells gives an undeniable chill and brings to foresight the question of what exactly IS cancer? The theories are endless and the range is wide and varied. All that aside, we all know why J Hopkins chose to rename it the HeLa. And that in itself is disgraceful. A lot of the benefits of today have been culled from atrocities of not that long ago. Think about that between the tears shed for the lives created and moved by Ms. Henrietta Lacks. Remembered , loved, cherished and so much more than any of us will ever understand.