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The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lack – Movie Trailer

Steve Porter / April 12, 2017

Henrietta Lacks was an African American tobacco farmer who was born as “Loretta Pleasant” in Roanoke, Virginia, on August 1, 1920, and died in Baltimore, Maryland, at the age of 31 on October 4th, 1951. Lacks’ cancer cells spawned the HeLa cell line which became one of the most important cell lines in medical research history.


Her cell line is known as an immortalized cell line meaning that under the right conditions, it will continue to reproduce indefinitely. However, Lacks was not a willing donor to the cell line. While going through treatment for cervical cancer, samples were removed from a biopsy without her permission and used to culture the revolutionary cell line.



On the 22nd of April, 2017, Cine Mosaic in association with HBO Films and Harpo Films will be releasing a drama centered around Henrietta and the controversy of the use of her DNA. Directed by George C. Wolfe, the film is based in part on a non-fiction novel by the same name written by Rebecca Skloot which was released on February 2nd, 2010. The screenplay for the film was written by Peter Landsman, director George C. Wolfe, and Alexander Woo.


Starring in the film we’ve got Rose Byrne, Courtney B. Vance, Oprah Winfrey, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Reed Birney, and L. Warren Young. You won’t be seeing this in theaters, but it also doesn’t have the same tone one would expect from a made-for-TV movie and has the potential to become a staple in historical-themed cinema.


So, set a notification and clear the evening on the 22nd. It’s stated to air at 8pm, but double check your local listings to make sure.